The Hudson Valley Society for Music is excited to announce the return of BachFest! For 2021, the Board has announced that it will present a single orchestral concert of the great master’s music on Saturday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m. The outdoor concert will take place on the Old Main Quad of the SUNY-New Paltz campus. The concert will feature a variety of chamber and orchestral works by Bach, including the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for flute and orchestra (Marcia Gates, flute) and the Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor (Carole Cowan, violin; Joel Evans, oboe). The concert is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring a picnic supper and beverages, blankets and chairs.


Board member and conductor Dr. Edward Lundergan says, “We are gratified and excited that many of the restrictions in New York have been lifted and we can return to a semblance of normality that seemed impossible after the last year and a half. Given the latest COVID-19 guidelines, the Board has decided that it is safe for us to offer this outdoor orchestral concert for the community, with an eye toward 2022 and a return to the full BachFest festival schedule.”


The concert is co-sponsored by the SUNY-New Paltz School of Fine and Performing Arts and underwritten by CompuDat Systems, Inc.


As current COVID-19 protocols dictate, attendees who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks, and all attendees are asked to continue social distancing and sit at least three feet apart. Please read our COVID-19 protocols below before planning your visit. Rest rooms will be located in College Hall (the music building), and if you are planning on bringing food or drink, please take your trash out with you.


In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place on Sunday, August 8, at 5:30. Please check the hudsonvalleysocietyformusic.org website for updates.


  • All audience members are required to wear masks when inside and accessing the College Hall restrooms.

  • When outdoors, unvaccinated audience members are strongly encouraged to wear masks all of the time. Vaccinated audience members are not required to wear masks while outdoors, but are welcome to do so at any time and encouraged to do so when interacting directly with staff or musicians. 

  • Masks should fit tightly and meet CDC guidelines. Gaiters and scarves are not a substitute for a multi-layer mask.

  • Please practice social distancing by keeping three feet or more between you and others who are not in your party.

  • Please practice regular hand hygiene during your visit.

  • If you are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, or have been advised to self-quarantine within the last 10 days, please refrain from attending the concert.

  • These guidelines are an important part of our plan for your safety and of our obligations to SUNY-New Paltz and to the performers and staff. If you do not adhere to these guidelines, we reserve the right to have you removed from the premises.

The Hudson Valley BachFest is an annual multi-weekend marathon of six concerts and multiple church services celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach


The festival takes place in three Hudson Valley locations: Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.

For a comprehensive listing of Bach's cantatas and other vocal works, including texts, translations, scores, articles and performers, click here.


Edward Lundergan  Orchestral Conductor

AUGUST 7, 2021


5:30 PM

Back to Bach!

SUNY-New Paltz, Old Main Quad

Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz

Featuring chamber works by Bach and his sons, including the wonderful Orchestra Suite No. 2  in B minor for flute and orchestra!


This concert is free to the public. Please see the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines at the top of this page. The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic supper and beverages!

In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place on Sunday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The concert is co-sponsored by the SUNY-New Paltz School of Fine and Performing Arts and is underwritten by CompuDat Systems, Inc.


For More Information Contact:

Edward Lundergan
Ruthanne Schempf

Marcia Gates

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