Bach Society of Paraguay

The Bach Society of Paraguay and the Bach Collegium of Asunción: a long history.

The Sociedad Bach del Paraguay is a non-profit cultural entity, with recognized legal status, created in 2008 by a group of young Paraguayan musicians, at the idea and inspiration of maestro Diego Sánchez Haase, the main Paraguayan scholar of the music of J.S. Bach.

The main objective of the Bach Society of Paraguay is the promotion of baroque music in Paraguay, and especially the work of J.S. Bach.

To achieve its objectives, the Bach Society of Paraguay has formed its own ensemble: the BACH COLLEGIUM DE ASUNCIÓN, integrated by the most renowned Paraguayan specialists in the practice of the historical interpretation of baroque music.

The ensemble has the following configuration: 2 first violins, 2 second violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 flute, 1 harpsichord, 1 positive organ, 3 sopranos, 3 alto, 3 tenors and 3 basses.

Since its creation, the Bach Society of Paraguay has held an annual concert season, offering recitals of both vocal and instrumental baroque music, in different stages of Asunción.

Sociedad Bach del Paraguay

Among the largest concerts offered by the Sociedad Bach del Paraguay are:

  • First complete audition in Paraguay of the “Christmas Oratorio” BWV 248, by J.S. Bach, in two concerts held on December 20 and 21, 2016, in the churches “San Nicolás” and “San Francisco”, Asunción.
  • “Easter with Bach”. Holy Week concerts cycle (Church of the Incarnation and Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Asunción, 2016).
  • First complete audition in Paraguay of the “Saint John Passion”, by Bach, within the framework of the celebration of the 25 years of orchestral conducting by maestro Diego Sánchez Haase (Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad, Asunción, November 2015).
  • “Semana Bach”, annual event in co-production with the National Congress Symphony Orchestra.

  • “A coffe with Bach”, instrumental and vocal works by J.S. Bach.
  • “Comic scenes from the 18th century”. Opera “La serva padrona”, by Pergolesi, and the famous “Cantata del café”, by J.S. Bach. Municipal Theater of Asunción, March 2014.
  • First “Young Bach” Contest. (Paraguayan American Cultural Center, Asunción, September 2013).
  • First audition in Paraguay of the “Goldberg Variations”, by J.S. Bach, by the great Argentine pianist Valentina Díaz-Frénot. (Paraguayan-American Cultural Center, Asunción, September 2012).
  • “Passion of two worlds”. Concert with the famous Swiss group “Música fiorita”, one of the most prestigious baroque ensembles in the world. (Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Asunción, 2012)

Among the international tours carried out by the Sociedad Bach del Paraguay are:

  • Concert in the Old Church of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain, within the framework of the “International Tribute to  Antonio Soler”, July 2013.
  • Concert in the Magisterial Cathedral of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, within the framework of the “International Tribute to  Antonio Soler”, July 2013.
  • Concerts at the National Museum of Decorative Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 2013 and August 2016.
  • Concert in the Church of San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2014.
  • Concert tour of Bolivia, in the framework of the prestigious “International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music Misiones de Chiquitos”, 2012.
  • Concert Tour in Bolivia, within the framework of the BachFest Cochabamba, 2013 and 2014. 
Sociedad Bach del Paraguay

National and international institutions that have collaborated with the Bach Society of Paraguay:

  • Embassy of the United States of America in Paraguay.
  • Embassy of Germany in Paraguay.
  • Embassy of Switzerland in Paraguay.
  • Instituto Cultural Paraguayo-Alemán.
  • Centro Cultural Paraguayo-Americano.
  • Centro Cultural de la República “El Cabildo”.
  • Secretaría Nacional de Cultura de Paraguay.
  • Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación, Argentina.
  • Entidad Binacional Yacyreta.
  • Ateneo Paraguayo.
  • Universidad Nacional de Villarrica.

  • University of Northen Colorado, Estados Unidos.
  • Miami Bach Society, Estados Unidos.
  • Banco Amambay S.A.
  • Hierropar S.A.
  • Exterior Publicitaria.
  • Gráfica R.C. S.A.
  • Iglesia de La Encarnación.
  • Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad.
  • Capilla de la Santísima Virgen María.
  • Iglesia de San Francisco.
  • Iglesia Evangélica Alemana del Paraguay.

Previous slide
Next slide