Music: Bach in Minneapolis

Seven years ago, some students at the University of Minnesota formed a Bach Society. They persuaded a genial, absentminded, popeyed music professor, Donald Nivison Ferguson, to be their conductor. Anyone able & willing to sing Bach for three hours a week could join. The Bachsters welcomed not only students, but socialites, white-collar workers of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a telephone lineman. Once a year the Bach Society held an "open meeting," free to the public.

Last week the "open meeting" was wide open: a four-night Bach Festival, first of its kind in the...

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