A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach: Trinity Season

5 - 26 Oct 2016
St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 2013 Appletree Street, Philadelphia

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Choral Arts Philadelphia, A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach: Trinity Season. Photo by Sharon Torello.

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Choral Arts Philadelphia, A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach: Trinity Season. Photo by Sharon Torello.

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Choral Arts Philadelphia, A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach: Trinity Season. Photo by Sharon Torello.

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Choral Arts Philadelphia, A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach: Trinity Season. Photo by Sharon Torello.

Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the first 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 Trinity Season concerts and events.

Concert 1: October 5, 2016
Cantata 8: Liebster Gott, wann werde ich Sterben? (Dearest God, when will I die?)
Cantata 78: Jesu, der du meine Seele (Jesus, you who my Soul)
Presentation: "Sounding Mortality and Immortality: Cantatas 8 and 78" by Yale University visiting professor Dr. Robin A. Leaver

Concert 2: October 12, 2016
Cantata 187: Es warten alle Augen auf dich (Everything waits for you)
Cantata 47: Wer sich selbst erhöhet (Whoever exalts himself will be abased)
Presentation: "The Creative Mind and Spirit of Bach" by Choral Arts artistic director Matthew C. Glandorf

Concert 3: October 19, 2016
Cantata 80: Ein Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress is our God)
Cantata 96: Herr Christ, der einige Gottessohn (Lord Christ only son of God)
Presentation: "Instrumental Symbolism in Bach's Vocal Music: Oboes in the 1734-1735 Cantata Cycle" by Dr. Geoffrey Burgess

Concert 4: October 26, 2016
Cantata 36b: Die Freude erregt sich (Joy Awakens)
Cantata 207a: Auf schmetternde Tönen (Arise Blaring Tones of High-Spirited Trumpets)
Presentation: "Secular Festive Music in Baroque Leipzig" by Millersville University associate professor Dr. Tanya Kevorkian