CBE Announces Recording Project

The Cincinnati Bach Ensembles announces a new recording project, “My Life’s Light: Sacred Music of J. S. Bach and Douglas Pew.”

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For much of his life and career, Johann Sebastian Bach was dedicated to the creation of “a well-regulated church music,” composing, rehearsing and performing new music on a weekly basis designed to instruct and inspire his listeners at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany.

Today at St. Thomas, two unique professional residencies are part of an effort to continue in this tradition of sacred music performance and composition: the Ensemble-in-Residence Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and Composer-in-Residence Douglas Pew .

The CBE is dedicated to the performance of the music of J. S. Bach, and in particular the performance of his sacred music in the context of worship. This music display’s Bach intense dedication to the spiritual, emotional, and theological dimension of the words. This dedication continues today in the works of composers like Doug Pew, who maintain a passionate desire to create meaningful spiritual music for a modern day audience.

PROJECT

In this project, the CBE and Mr. Pew combine forces to create a special recording featuring sacred music from across the centuries: J. S. Bach’s cantata-motet O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118 and Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 33 along with Doug Pew’s St. Thomas Service (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis), Missa Musica Sacra, and anthems For I Was An Hungered and I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.

The project will feature 12 instrumentalists from the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble along with 16 vocalists from the Cincinnati Bach Choir. There will be a public concert September 14, 2014, followed by a week of recording sessions. Our recording engineer will be Michael Hughes of TTL Audio Productions . The recordings and concert will take place at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Northside.

HOW TO HELP

Visit the CBE’s Kickstarter page to learn how you can support us in this adventure!

Cincinnati Bach Ensemble’s 2014-2015 Season

DSC00014The 2014-2015 season of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will feature performances of 8 cantatas of J. S. Bach, a world premiere, a new Abendmusik Concert series, and collaborations and guest appearances of three different area ensembles.

The Bach Vespers series will have seven services with performances of eight different cantatas. Highlights include Bach’s well-known Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140; an advent service with Cantata 61 and Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto Grosso; a February collaboration with the Cincinnati Camerata and Director Brett Scott; and in April special service in the St. Thomas Parish Hall featuring the combined choirs of St. Thomas and Christ Church Cathedral. During Lent, the Cincinnati Bach Choir will sing the great motet Jesu, meinde Freude in a service that is part of the Cincinnati Bach Festival.

The new Abendmusik (Evening Music) Concert series will feature five special programs: a Voice Recital by soprano YoonGeong Lee; a concert of music by J. S. Bach and Douglas Pew to be recorded on a new CD by the CBE; a lunchtime program as part of Christ Church Cathedral’s Music Live at Lunch series; the annual candlelight concert by the Catacoustic Consort, an event not to be missed; and a performance of Arvo Pärt’s haunting Passio by the CBE and Cincinnati Camerata.

For complete details of the season, please visit www.cincinnatibachensemble.com.

 

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CBE Premieres New Easter Cantata

The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will premiere a new Easter Cantata, The Firstfruits of Them That Slept, by composer Douglas Pew at the Bach Vespers, Sunday, April 27, 6pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Joining the CBE will be soloists Kate Tombaugh, James Onstad, and Michael Young, along with the St. Thomas Parish Choir, all under the direction of Carlton Monroe.

Also featured is Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Doug Lindsay, who will perform the Concerto for Trumpet in Eb Major by Jan Krtitel Jiri Neruda as part a prelude recital.

Dr. Pew is Adjunct Professor of Composition and Theory at Northern Kentucky University and Composer-in-Residence at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, OH. His accolades include commissions and performances from the Washington National Opera at the John F. Kennedy Center, Atlanta Opera 24-hour Project, NANOWorks Opera Company, Polish Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Ascend Voices, Miami University Men’s Glee Club, Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and various church choirs. He received a Fulbright Grant to study sacred choral composition at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Other prizes include a commission from the Barlow Endowment for New Music at BYU, 1st prize in the 2009 SCI/ASCAP Student Composers Commission Competition, multiple awards from the Musica Sacra International Choral Composition Competition in Poland, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and School. He also received multiple grants from the Tangeman Sacred Music Center at the University of Cincinnati, and honorable mentions in the Finale/Eighth Blackbird competition and ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize. His choral music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Jackman Music, and his own publishing house, Blue Shore Music.

 

 

Cincinnati Bach Ensemble: Music Live at Lunch

Soprano Josefien Stoppelenberg and Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh join the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble to perform J. S. Bach’s little known setting of Psalm 51, Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, April 1 at 12:10pm. The performance is part of the Cathedral’s Music Live at Lunch series.

For this work, Bach arrange Pergolesi’s famous Stabat Mater, adjusting it to fit a German translation of Psalm 51, the Lenten psalm known by it’s Latin title “Miserere Mei.”

Josefien Stoppelenberg graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music in 2005. She is regularly featured as a soloist for oratorio performances in the Netherlands, Germany and the US. She has been called “an astonishing singer” (Chicago Tribune), praised for her “creamy tone, dead-on accuracy and dramatic interpretation” (Chicago Classical Music).

Ms. Stoppelenburg’s recent solo engagements include Handel oratorios with the Baroque Band, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Fauré Requiem with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the rôle of Aci in Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno with the Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago’s 17th and 18th century opera troupe, which burst onto the scene in 2011 to great critical acclaim; ​

This season has seen Kate Tombaugh as “Rosina” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with the Santa Fe Concert Association (NM), as “Hansel” in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Omaha (NE), as “Meg Page” with Winter Opera St. Louis in Verdi’s Falstaff (MO), and as featured soloist with the Heartland Philharmonic in the State Farm 30th annual “Sounds of Christmas” concert and with the Lexington Philharmonic in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She premiered her originally-conceived one-woman show “It Just Takes One” in October with Prairie Fire Theatre in Bloomington, IL.

Kate has been very involved in youth music education through directing youth choirs, teaching voice privately, coordinating and teaching music and drama courses, and performing in a multitude of outreach programs geared toward youth. She is a frequent recitalist and has an expansive interest in the varying styles and eras of composition. Concerts featuring Kate have spanned Bach and early music festivals to the premieres of newly-composed works.

 

Bach Vespers, March 23

Bach Vespers for March
Sunday, March 23, 2014
6pm

The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble presents a special Bach Vespers as part of the month-long Cincinnati Bach Festival. The Ensemble and the St. Thomas Schola Cantorum will join soloists Manami White, violin, Kerrie Caldwell, soprano and Errik Hood, bass in performing three remarkable works by J. S. Bach as part of an evening service of reflection.

Bach: Chaccone from the Partita for Violin, No. 2*
Bach: Cantata 32, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen
Bach: Cantata 84, Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke

Manami White, violin, will perform the Chaconne will be perform with choral fragments from the cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, similar to a recent CD from the Hilliard Ensemble. Musicologist Helga Thoene has proposed that the harmonic outline of the Chaconne was based on this chorale tune. Vocal soloists for the performance are Kerrie Caldwell, soprano (http://www.kerriecaldwell.com) and Errik Hood (www.errikhood.com).

CBE Performs at Christ Church Cathedral, Feb. 11

bowman-randyThe Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, ensemble-in-residence at St. Thomas, will perform a midday concert at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 12:10pm as part of the Music Live at Lunch Series. The concert will feature flutist Randy Bowman performing a Vivaldi concerto and the full ensemble performing Bach’s Cantata 35 with soloists YoonGeong Lee (soprano), Catherine Fishlock (alto), Marcus Shields (tenor), and Jonathan Cooper (bass).

Bach Vespers Welcomes Cincinnati Camerata

Sunday, February 9, 6pm – Prelude Recital begins at 5:45pm brettheadshotSt. Thomas welcomes the Cincinnati Camerata and their conductor, Dr. Brett Scott, as guest artists for February’s Bach Vespers on Sunday, February 9 at 6pm. Dr. Scott will lead the Camerata and Cincinnati Bach Ensemble in music from Mozart, Dafnis, Willan, Clausen, and Bach’s Cantata 35. Reception to follow.

Bach Vespers Features Oboist Lon Bussell

On Sunday, October 13 at 6pm, The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas Episcopal Church will feature a performance of J. S. Bach’s Cantata 42, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats (“And in the evening of that very Sabbath”) following a prelude recital by Cincinnati Symphony oboist Lon Bussell.

The cantata, written in 1725 in Leipzig and subsequently performed three times during Bach’s tenure, is scored for two oboes, bassoon, strings and four vocal soloists. Featured soloists will be YoonGeong Lee, soprano, Audrey Walstrom, alto, Marcus Shields, tenor, and Luis Orozco, bass. Also performing are members of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and the Schola Cantorum of St. Thomas.

Mr. Bussell will present a fifteen minute prelude recital beginning at 5:45pm. He, St. Thomas organist Jason Gunnell, and members of the CBE will perform Johann Ludwig Krebs’ Fantasia for Oboe and Organ and the Concerto for Oboe and Strings in c-minor by G. P. Telemann.

THIRD BACH VESPERS SEASON ANNOUNCED

Conducting shot Carlton MonroeSt. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, OH announces the third season of the Bach Vespers beginning this September. The first Vespers service will be on Sunday, September 15 at 6pm. The Bach Vespers is a worship service combining elements of Anglican Evensong with the music of J. S. Bach, his musical contemporaries and heirs.

Season highlights include a Vespers featuring the a cappella choral music of William Byrd and Orlando di Lasso; six of Bach’s cantatas, as well as several works by Mozart; Verse Anthems with The Cincinnati Viol Consort; and guest conductor Brett Scott, Director of the Cincinanti Camerata. Vespers in February and March will be offered in conjunction with two festivals, the Cincinnati Early Music Festival and a new citywide Bach Festival. In May the Vespers will include a world premiere of a new cantata by St. Thomas Composer-in-Residence Douglas Pew.

Central to the Vespers service is the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, an Ensemble-in-Residence at St. Thomas consisting of professional musicians from throughout the Cincinnati area. The ensemble’s roster has members from the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, as well as graduate students and faculty members from area universities. Under the direction of Dr. Carlton Monroe, the CBE presents the cantatas of J. S. Bach in the intimate and beautiful setting of St. Thomas in the context for which they were intended.

This season the Vespers will be preceded by short Prelude Recitals, beginning at 5:45pm and featuring performers from the Ensemble, including Randy Bowman, flute; Dwight Parry, oboe; and Douglas Lindsay, trumpet.

The CBE will perform twice on Christ Church Cathedral’s Music Live at Lunch series performing Monteverdi’s Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’ Amata and Bach’s Tigle, Höchster, meine Sünden (BWV 1083), a reworking of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

St. Thomas is an Episcopal Church serving the Cincinnati suburb of Terrace Park and surrounding neighborhoods for over 136 years.

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Bach Vespers for Easter

The Final Bach Vespers of the Season!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
4:00pm

Featuring:

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Bwv 52
Johann Sebastian Bach

with a Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, RV 461 as the Prelude
Antonio Vivaldi

Chabrelle Williams, soprano
Dwight Parry, oboe
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, Director