Members of Choral Arts Philadelphia and Philadelphia Bach Collegium during a pre-concert warm-up. Photo by Sharon Torello.
Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the second of three concert series as part of 1734–1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach. The multi-part performance project recreates 18 rarely-performed cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed as originally intended: in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and secular seasons. The three-season sequence is comprised of four concerts/eight cantatas in the fall; three concerts/six cantatas in late winter; and two concerts/four cantatas at springtime, offering audiences a chance to immerse themselves in the artist's vision from beginning to end. A series of discussions by period experts will illuminate important aspects of Bach's life and legacy, and contextualize the musical, historical, and theological aspects of each cantata.
Performances are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $20. See below for a full schedule of the Epiphanytide concerts and events.
Concert 1: February 1, 2017, 7 p.m.
Cantata 82: Ich habe genug (I have enough)
Cantata 125: Mit Fried und Freud (With Peace and Joy I Depart)
Presentation: "Bach as Religious Thinker" by Swarthmore College professor of music Dr. Michael Marrisen
Concert 2: February 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
Cantata 66: Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice your hearts)
Cantata 134: Ein Herz dass seinem Jesum lebend Weiss (A Heart Knows that Jesus is Living)
Presentation: "Cantatas in the Bach Circle" by Temple University professor of music history Dr. Steven Zohn
Concert 3: February 15, 2017, 7 p.m.
Cantata 14: Wär Gott nicht mit uns (Were God not with us)
Cantata 147: Herz und Mund und Tat und leben (Heart and Mouth Deed and Life) >br>Presentation: "The Power of Bach's Cantatas" by Choral Arts artistic director Matthew C. Glandorf