Bach@7

I count myself as incredibly fortunate to spend so much time playing music by J.S.Bach. This past New Year’s Eve, I led the orchestra in Choral Arts Philadelphia‘s performance of the Christmas Oratorio – nearly 500 people packed the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral to listen to Bach’s telling of the Christmas narrative. Similarly, large crowds gather at our monthly Bach cantata concerts, held at the beautiful St. Clement’s Episcopal Church.

I say this not to brag, but to communicate the fact that Bach’s choral music offers something to the hungry, the seeking, the hurt, the joyous. With this in mind, Bach@7 performances are offered to the people of Philadelphia on a pay-what-you-wish basis – all are welcome, regardless of their ability to pay.

Join us for upcoming performances:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH
Choral Arts Philadelphia and Philadelphia Bach Collegium

Combining Bach’s two audition Cantatas for the position
in Leipzig, where he was to spend the rest of his life, with
two works of Johannes Brahms, who was highly influenced
by Bach’s music.

Chorale Prelude on “O Lamm Gottes”
Fest und Gedenksprüche Opus 109 – Johannes Brahms
Cantata 22: Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwoelfe
Cantata 23: Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn

Lass Dich nur nichts nicht Dauren – Brahms

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8th 7pm 
Celebrity Series” with Mezzo Soprano Jacqueline Horner (Anonymous4)
Geoffrey Burgess – Oboe
Rebecca Harris –  Violin

Two sumptuous Alto Cantatas with a member of
America’s most popular early music groups,
Jacqueline Horner of Anonymous4. 

Schlage doch, Gewuenschte Stunde BWV 53
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor BWV 1060
Cantata 170: Vergnuegte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th 7pm
Choral Arts Philadelphia and Philadelphia Bach Collegium 

Our Spring series ends with thoughts about Easter, ranging from
one of Bach’s earliest Cantatas based on Luther’s great Easter Hymn,
Heinrich Biber’s fantastical representation of the Resurrection
from the Rosary Sonatas combined with
choral superstar Eric Whitacre’s “Alleluia”

Alleluia – Eric Whitacre
Resurrection Sonata – Heinrich Biber
Cantata 4: Christ lag in Todesbanden

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