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Founder of Berkshire Bach Society Dies

The founder of the Berkshire Bach Society has died. A memorial service was held on Tuesday.

Simon Wainrib died Sunday at a Framingham retirement home at age 90.

The Berkshire Bach Society was formed 1990 by Wainrib after settling in the Berkshires in the 1980s. The Society hosts concerts performing the music of the late composer throughout the region.

Wainrib documented his early life in Europe and his families’ escape from Nazi Germany in his memoir titled “Escapes”.

Wainrib also served as a music critic for the Berkshire Record newspaper.

A May 4th Choral Concert in Great Barrington has been renamed the Simon Wainrib Memorial Concert.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.