After many decades of exploring Bach, performing his works both as a violinist and as a conductor, Lewis Kaplan embarked on a long held dream, a Bach Festival. With Associate Director Emily Isaacson, he chose Portland, Maine as the ideal setting to hold the Portland Bach Festival, a week-long celebration of the great master because of his long affiliation with Down East Maine. The festival features instrumental as well as vocal works of Bach, secular and sacred music – performed on both baroque and modern instruments. Held in intimate churches, the venues are similar to the European Bach settings. Through a deep appreciation for Bach, and tremendous respect for Kaplan, the performing artists will gather from around the world to participate in these remarkable concerts.