The Sonora Bach Festival will present the third event of its October festival at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at The Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson Street; Columbia.

The concert will feature the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and other and the Summerville High School vocal ensemble Jazz @8.

Seventeen musicians from Calaveras and Tuolumne counties will play music from the Baroque and Classical eras. The concert will feature music by Vivaldi, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, his son C.P.E. Bach, and Mozart. This year’s concert will feature mostly instrumentalists.

“We are so excited this year to have so many instrumentalists playing,” said John Carter, Bach Festival Board member and former Columbia College music professor. “Some of them will be playing full works with all the movements. That is rare for our festival and it takes a lot of work.”

All performers are professional musicians or highly skilled non-professionals. The majority of the adult performers have bachelor and/or masters degrees in music.

“We try to get as varied a concert as we can so it is interesting for the audience”, says Bach Festival Board member and Event Coordinator, Ralph Retherford.
Included will be music teachers Jane and Gail Buzzard, Mike Kambeitz, Brook Moes, Diane Day, Makena Clark, Will Kiel, Peter Pardee, Sandra Betti and Janet Telford. Additionally, some expert “amateurs” will also be featured, who make their living in other fields including Physical Therapist Ellora Weston, chef Dave Ingram, Pastor Janet Russell, and former-physical-therapist-biology-teacher-building-contractor Bill Minkel. Students Tyler Van Zuiden, Victoria Moes, and the Summerville High School vocal ensemble Jazz@8, under the direction of Jim Wells, will also participate.

Highlights of the program include Concerto for two Violins in D Minor (BWV 10430 by Bach; Divertimento in B-Flat Major by Mozart for 2 oboes, 2 Bassoons and two Horns; Partitat no. 3 in E Major by Bach transcribed for Guitar and more.

Tickets are available at The Mountain Bookshop, online at, at the door, or by calling the festival at (209) 536-6330.