Simon Wainrib, founder of the Berkshire Bach Society, was said to be extremely fond of this quote by German poet, Goethe, who described the music of Bach “as though eternal harmony were conversing with itself, as it may have happened in God’s bosom shortly before He created the world.”
It was Simon’s vision to create a Bach Society to provide the works of JS Bach to the people of the Berkshires outside the parameters of the limited Tanglewood season, and to expose this growing audience to Bach’s vast repertoire of cantatas and instrumental works. He began with a lecture series on cantatas, then in 1990 gathered the resources to perform them. Before long, he had amassed a community chorus and a choral director, as well as an instrumental ensemble under the direction of Kenneth Cooper. The Society became incorporated as a non-profit and continues, over twenty years later, to raise the funds necessary to program and produce intriguing and exciting performances of Bach’s lesser known works alongside his more popular works, fulfilling Simon’s dream.
Simon passed along the leadership baton in his 80′s and subsequently moved with his wife Eva to the outskirts of Boston to be close to family. Simon will be 90 years old on November 25, 2012.