Friday, January 14, 2011

Spending the weekend with Bach

This Sunday night, I'm conducting an all Bach concert with my newly co-founded early music ensemble (2 years old this year) the Scona Chamber Singers.
The concert will feature:
  • Kyrie from Missa Brevis in F: BWV 228
  • Weihnachts-Oratorium Part V: BWV 248 Am Sonntag nach Neujahr (Cantata for the Sunday after New Year)
  • Motet: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf: BWV 226
  • Motet: F├╝rchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir: BWV 228
  • Motet: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied: BWV 225
Joining us on this program will be cellist Josephine van Lier, as well as a group of string players (one to a part) all playing period baroque instruments.  Josephine will also be performing Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major on her baroque cello (she recently recorded all the cello suites using four different cellos - it's worth visiting her site, linked above, to see snippets  from her concerts and recordings).

We were offered a nice spot in today's Edmonton Journal previewing the concert, and I'm hopeful that the place will sell out.

I've put the poster here below for your interest, and if you are in the Edmonton area this weekend, I highly recommend you check us out!

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I'll post again about the trials of mounting a concert such as this in a city where it is difficult to find period instruments, and players who can play them (and the fun with transposing organ continuo parts, as we don't have a 415 organ at my church ... yet)

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