A city-wide festival of artistic exploration celebrating the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The second OSL Bach Festival draws inspiration from Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Musical Offering, a collection of pieces based on a complicated musical theme given to Bach as a challenge by the King – and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel’s employer – Frederick the Great.

Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie will lead the Orchestra through three concerts at Carnegie Hall, featuring orchestral and vocal works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach performed with renowned guest artists and contextualized with captivating commentary by Labadie. Additionally, the Festival will include innovative and intimate recitals at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music and a special concert at Manhattan School of Music, featuring the Orchestra in a performance of world premiere woks inspired by The Musical Offering and written by the four composers accepted into OSL’s DeGaetano Composition Institute.