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

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Members of Choral Arts Philadelphia during a pre-concert warm-up, alto and bass section. Photo by Sharon Torello.

Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the final installment of its concert series, 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 Eastertide concerts and events.

Concert 1: April 19, 2017
Cantata 6: Bleib bei uns (Stay with us)
Cantata 238: Sanctus in D
Cantata 68: Also hat Gott die Welt gelieb (God so loved the World)
Presentation: “Bach as Choir Director” by Choral Arts artistic director Matthew C. Glandorf

Concert 2: April 26, 2017
Cantata 215: Preise dein Glück (Praise your Good Fortune)
Cantata 11: Ascension Oratorio - Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Praise God in His Riches)
Presentation: “Bach’s Theology” by Princeton Theological Seminary professor of theology Dr. Ellen T. Charry


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