Bach Vespers for March
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Kerrie Caldwell, soprano
Manami White, violin
Errik Hood, bass
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
The 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).
Sunday, February 9, 6pm – Prelude Recital begins at 5:45pm St. 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.
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.
St. 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.
The Final Bach Vespers of the Season!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Falsche Welt, ich trau dich night
Johann Sebastian Bach
with a Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, RV 461 as the Prelude
Chabrelle Williams, soprano
Dwight Parry, oboe
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, Director
Here are pictures from the CBE’s recent rehearsal and performance on the Music Live at Lunch series at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati!
Pictures by David Thomson
The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas will feature the Lamentations of Jeremiah by the English composer, Thomas Tallis, as part of its Bach Vespers for Lent on Sunday, February 17 at 4pm. Members of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble-soprano Krista Cornish Scott, soprano Amanda Bower, alto Sarah Jackson, tenor Jeffrey Stivers and St. Thomas Director of Music and baritone Carlton Monroe-will sing the two separate compositions that make up the Lamentations.
The quintet will join with the Schola Cantorum of St. Thomas to sing Drop, Drop Slow Tears by Orlando Gibbons, as well as Psalms and service music.
This Vespers service is pleased to be a part of Cincinnati Early Music Festival. To learn more about this festival and other performances, please visit http://www.catacoustic.blogspot.com.
St. Thomas is a member of the Episcopal Music Trail.
You can now listen to a podcast of the Bach Vespers by subscribing to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Podcast. You can download the podcast through iTunes or use the RSS feed. Enjoy the beauty of the Bach Vespers at home, in your car, or anywhere!
Sunday, January 13, 4pm
J. S. Bach
Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, Director
Sarah Jackson, alto
Catherine Fishlock, alto
Anthony Beck, tenor
William McGraw, bass
Gerry Itzkoff, violin