Early Music Vancouver presents the first-ever Vancouver Bach Festival in August. Here are five reasons you should go:

1. The festival offers local enthusiasts a veritable ‘best of’ collection of the German composer’s masterworks, from chamber music to orchestral undertakings.

2. The Vancouver Bach Festival is the first summertime classical music festival of its kind since Music Fest ended in 2013.

3. Bach’s legacy includes a prolific output of some of the most expressive and beautiful music ever written. Almost three centuries since Bach’s passing, the music and academic worlds continue to uncover new facets of his talent.

4. Headlining the programme will be Bach’s crowning achievement, Mass in B Minor.  Led by conductor Alexander Weimann, the performance will feature Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, and eight internationally-renowned Bach specialists as soloists.

5. Among the more intimate recital offerings, audiences can take their pick from Goldberg Variations/Variations with jazz pianist Dan Tepfer, The Art of the Fugue featuring Davitt Moroney, and the Cello Suites, with Leipzig International Bach competition winner Beiliang Zhu.

The Vancouver Bach Festival plays both Christ Church Cathedral and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts from August 2-12. Visit http://earlymusic.bc.ca for tickets and information.