Vacaville Hosts Outdoor Bach Musical Event to Celebrate the Composer's Birthday

Published March 13, 2024

The quaint downtown of Vacaville, California, will resonate with the harmonious compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, as local students and music enthusiasts gather to celebrate the iconic composer's birthday. This special musical tribute is part of a worldwide celebration known as Bach in the Subways, which seeks to make classical music more accessible to the general public.

Bach's Birthday Bash

On March 24, the sounds of violins, cellos, and other string instruments will fill the air at the historic Carnegie Library courtyard, located at 300 Main Street, starting at 1:30 p.m. Alina Adams, the proprietor of Alina's Music Studio, alongside her dedicated students, will lead this tribute to Bach, offering a selection of his esteemed works to the community free of charge.

Alina Adams: Spreading the Love for Classical Music

Adams, a celebrated music teacher and former assistant concertmaster with the Solano Symphony, aims to bring the beauty of Bach's music directly to the people, fostering an appreciation for his works among both seasoned listeners and new audiences. With several years of participation behind her, Adams envisions this event as an opportunity for her students to share their passion for music and showcase their talents in playing Bach's challenging yet rewarding compositions.

This year's program exclusively features string performances of Bach's masterpieces, including the 'Double Concerto for 2 violins in D minor' and the 'Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1', among others. The choice of Bach's music, with its meticulously structured and deeply emotive qualities, reflects Adams's reverence for the composer, who is often hailed as the 'father of classical music'.

Adams, originally from Ukraine, has been involved in the Bach in the Subways initiative since its inception, embracing the opportunity to play a part in this innovative global movement. Each year, she and her students delight audiences, despite previous challenges such as competing with ambient noise in their previous location at the Nut Tree Shopping Center.

Founded in 2010 by cellist Dale Henderson in New York City, Bach in the Subways has blossomed into an international event. Henderson's goal of sparking a classical music renaissance worldwide continues to inspire and draw in musicians from all over. This year in Vacaville, the tradition lives on, echoing Bach's transcendent melodies across continents and generations, carrying with it the promise of bringing light and joy through music.

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