Bach Choir opens can­tata se­ries

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The Chat­tanooga Bach Choir will open its fourth Bar­nett & Co. Can­tata Se­ries on Sun­day, Sept. 23, at Christ Church Epis­co­pal, 663 Dou­glas St.

The se­ries will fea­ture four Sun­day af­ter­noon con­certs fo­cus­ing on J. S. Bach’s ex­pres­sive cho­ral works cho­sen for a par­tic­u­lar Sun­day in the litur­gi­cal cal­en­dar. All four pro­grams will be­gin at 5 p.m., con­ducted by David Long, artis­tic di­rec­tor.

Long will i ntro­duce each can­tata in the se­ries with a brief mu­si­cal ex­pla­na­tion plac­ing each work in its litur­gi­cal con­text.

Sun­day’s sea­son-opener fea­tures Can­tata BWV 148, “Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Na­mens ( Bring to the Lord the honor due his name),” com­posed for the 17th Sun­day af­ter Trin­ity.

Com­plet­ing the hour­long pro­gram is “Su­per flu­mena Baby­lo­nis (Psalm 137),” a four- part motet by Re­nais­sance com­poser Gio­vanni Pier­luigi da Palest­rina.

Join­ing the Bach Choir and Orches­tra will be guest artists Rachel Walls, alto; James Harr, tenor; and Josh Knight, or­gan­ist.

Bach’s Prae­ludium in G ma­jor for or­gan, BWV 541, will open the con­cert.

“On the fi­nal page of his can­tatas, motets and other sa­cred com­po­si­tions, Bach wrote the phrase ‘ Soli Deo Glo­ria (Glory to God alone),’ sig­ni­fy­ing that his work was created for the pur­pose of prais­ing God,” says di­rec­tor Long.

“Bach’s 200 or so sur­viv­ing sa­cred can­tatas con­tain some of his great- est mu­sic, created with a con­sis­tency of in­ven­tion and in­spi­ra­tion and re­veal­ing an as­ton­ish­ing range of ex­pres­sion and mu­si­cal styles. In this se­ries, we ex­plore the va­ri­ety of these glo­ri­ous works for cho­rus, soloists and in­stru- ments,” he says.

Pro­grams will also in­clude sa­cred works for un­ac­com­pa­nied cho­rus, as well as a re­lated solo or­gan pre­lude to be­gin each pro­gram.

A se­ries sub­scrip­tion is $ 60 for four con­certs. Sin­gle tick­ets are $20. Stu­dents are free.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. chat­tanooga bach­choir.org.

BACH CHOIR CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Chat­tanooga Bach Choir and Orches­tra.

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