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Bach at 4 and 8

  • Incarnation of our Lord Church 617 Pierce Street Bethlehem, PA, 18015 United States (map)

Bach at 4

The centerpiece of this concert is Bach’s Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit (God’s time is the very best time). This gem of a cantata scored for recorders, gambas, and basso continuo was written when Bach was in his early twenties and yet as Nicholas Kenyon wrote “he never surpassed the interior drama of this concentrated piece” and as Jim Gaines wrote of this masterpiece “All of Bach begins here.”

Cassandra Lemoine, Soprano; Daniel Taylor, Countertenor; Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor; William Sharp, Baritone

Program also includes:
Cantata 156, Ich steh mit einen Fuss im Grabe
Two Bach Arias
~ Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Daniel Taylor, Countertenor
Sonata in D major, BWV 1028
~ Mollie Glazer, vioa da gamba; Greg Funfgeld, harpsichord

Bach at 8

The program opens with Cantata 21 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, one of Bach’s greatest Cantatas. This wonderful musical journey from sorrow and heaviness to joy and light is, for all the members of our Choir, in the top ten Cantatas they love to sing. Festival artist in residence She-e Wu follows with a transcription for marimba of J.S. Bach’s Third Cello Suite in C Major, BWV 1009. The concert closes with Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day, in honor of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music.

Cassandra Lemoine, Soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor; William Sharp, Baritone

Later Event: May 12
Mass in B minor