Welcome to BACH!

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois ("BACH"), was founded in 1996 for the purpose of teaching, learning, and performing music of the Baroque era. 

BACH is a not-for-profit organization offering vibrant, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

We are very excited for our 2016 season. Please check our calendar and join us!


Music Director, Dr. Chester L. Alwes

BACH specializes in vibrant, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is the only professional ensemble in Illinois outside Chicago solely dedicated to live performances of works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi, Schütz, Rameau, Couperin, and other Baroque composers.

A not-for-profit organization, BACH was named "Chamber Ensemble of the Year 2000" by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. It receives support from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as many generous local donors — individual and corporate.

Music to Tickle Your Fancy

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 7:30 pm

A unique and intimate performance! Hear Dana Robinson and Amanda Pond in an up-close encounter with music for the clavichord and flute. 

McKinley Presbyterian Church
809 South 5th Street
Champaign, IL

General $20 | Student $10

Music of the Italian Baroque

Sunday, May 29 at 7:30pm

We invite you to enjoy the BACH chorus, orchestra, and soloists as we present Monteverdi: “Combattimento di Tancredi & Clorinda,” Carissimi: “Jephte, “Vivaldi: “Concerto for cello in G major,” and Scarlatti: “Salve Regina” in the beautiful, acoustically pleasing Chapel of St. John the Divine (Episcopal) located at 1011 S. Wright Street, Champaign. Concert tickets are available at the door (cash or check, please) or online by clicking the Tickets tab above.

Adults $20 | Students $10.


Sunday, October 18 – 7:30pm

Three fabulous oboists—David Cyzak, Angela Tammen, and Evan Tammen—are featured in an evening of festive concertos by Georg Philip Telemann, Jan Dysmas Zelenka, and Johann David Heinichen in concertos for one, two, and three oboes.

McKinley Presbyterian Church<br />809 S. Fifth Street, Champaign

$20 General/$10 Students