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Louisville Bach Society

Founded in 1964, the Louisville Bach Society is led by Melvin and Margaret Dickinson. The inspiration for this organization was gleaned from the world-renowned Bach expert Helmut Walcha, with whom the above studied organ for two years in the early 60s.

The whole world of Bach cantatas was opened to them at this time, and it was determined that such music should be brought to the people of Kentucky. It was a partial payback for the generosity of the American government, which had awarded Fulbright scholarships to Dickinson and Margaret Leupold, who later became his wife and associate in founding the Bach Society. The couple runs the Bach Society out of their home.

Melvin Dickinson received the Kentucky Governor's Awards in the Arts Artist Award in 2001. The award honors lifetime achievement..

The Bach Society specializes in performing the works of Bach and other major choral-orchestral works by composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Rheinberger, Vaughn Williams, and many others.

In addition to performances in Louisville, the LBS also travels to areas throughout Kentucky and nearby states.

The Bach Society is a member of the Louisville Fund for the Arts.

For more on the Louisville Bach Society, including history, concert dates and more, visit the LBS official website.

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