To expose and enlighten music lovers from Savannah and afar, through the gift of exceptional performances of great variety.
Bach Ascending is an emerging Savannah concert series centering on the music of German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), which has inspired composers and performers for hundreds of years. Bach Ascending seeks to spread a joyful understanding of the breadth of this music and how it endures today. The principal venue for Bach Ascending concerts is Lutheran Church of the Ascension on Wright Square, which was founded in 1741 when Bach was still performing, and which has long played a prominent role in Savannah’s musical and cultural life.
The annual concert series is open to the public at no cost, to remove any hurdles for everyone who would like to attend. The free concerts are made possible through the generosity of Bach Ascending’s patrons, supporters and sponsors.
Founded in early 2020 just before the pandemic, Bach Ascending returned in 2022 with concerts by the celebrated American pianist, Jeremy Denk, and by the German vocal ensemble, Amarcord. Then in October 2022, the first full-fledged season opened with Laura Ball and Friends’ “Beatles and Bach” and concluded with the world-famous Atlanta Baroque Orchestra’s “Triple Play.” The robust 2022-2023 season included six other diverse concerts and events.
Founding Artistic Director Thomas White was appointed Cantor of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension in August 2019. He has headed arts organizations in South Carolina and Kentucky, as well as leading music in Lutheran churches for over 25 years as organist, pianist, conductor, and composer. He earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.