The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and St. Thomas Episcopal Church will offer the final Bach Vespers of the 2014-2015 season on Sunday, May 10, at 6pm. The service will feature a world premiere of Sing Unto the Lord A New Song, a new cantata by Composer-in-Residence Dr. Douglas Pew. Soprano Alisa Jordheim and alto Kate Tombaugh will be the soloists, and Dwight Parry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony will perform Marcello’s Concerto for Oboe as a prelude to the service.
The combined choirs of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Christ Church Cathedral will present J. S. Bach’s Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 100 as part of the April Bach Vespers at St. Thomas on Sunday, April 26 at 6pm.
The Bach Ensemble at St. Thomas, under the direction of Carlton Monroe, will be joined by the Parish Choir and Choristers of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. They will present this spirited cantata by Bach along with music of German Baroque master Heinrich Schütz and Russian Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov as part of an evening worship service.
Vocal soloists include soprano Melissa Harvey, alto Adria Caffaro, tenor Tony Burdette and bass Jonathan Cooper. Trumpeter Douglas Lindsay of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will play baroque trumpet marches by G. F. Handel as prelude and postlude to the service.
The Cathedral Choir appears on this program in support of St. Thomas’ Organ Project. Proceeds from a collection taken during the service will go to the church’s fundraising efforts for a new organ.
Bach: Cantata, Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155
Bach: Cantata, Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158
Celebrate Advent at St. Thomas with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and Choir as they present Bach’s great Advent cantata “Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland” (Savior of the nations, come) featuring soloists Danielle Adams, Allan Palacios Chan, and Samuel Chan. St. Thomas organist Jason Gunnell will perform three of the “Leipzig” organ Chorale Preludes based on the same choral tune.
Check out these recent live recordings from our September Concert, and join us for the next Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, this Sunday, December 14 at 6pm!
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will begin its 2014-2015 with a concert of baroque concerti and cantatas in the glorious acoustics of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Northside on Sunday, September 14, at 4pm.
The CBE, led by Artistic Director Carlton Monroe, performed Bach’s Concerto for Flute in a minor, Albinoni’s Concerto for Oboe in d minor, No. 2, as well as two Bach church cantatas: Leibster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32, and, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42. Joining the CBE are soloists Dwight Parry, oboe, and Randy Bowman, flute of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and soprano YoonGeong Lee, alto Kate Tombaugh, tenor Shawn Mlynek, and baritone Jonathan Cooper.
This concert is free, although donations will be accepted.
This concert will begin a season of eight performances, including seven Bach Vespers at St. Thomas. The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble serves as Ensemble-in-Residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where it plays for this monthly evening service featuring the cantatas of J. S. Bach.
Season highlights include: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 in November, guest choir Cincinnati Camerata and conductor Brett Scott in March, Bach’s great motet Jesu, meine Freude sung by the Cincinnati Bach Choir in March, and an April Bach Vespers featuring the combined choirs of St. Thomas and Christ Church Cathedral. In May the CBE and St. Thomas ensembles will present a new cantata by Douglas Pew, Composer-in-Residence at St. Thomas, and composer of the new opera Penny, being premiere at Washington National Opera in 2015.
The 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 season-opening concert at St. Boniface Church; 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.