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BEST Presents World Premiere

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 Bach Ensemble will also announce plans for it’s 2015-2016 season, which will mark the fifth year of presenting in the sacred cantatas of Bach in the context for which they were composed.

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Bach Vespers, April 26

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 Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Reception to follow

Bach: Cantata, Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155

Bach: Cantata, Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158

Bach: “Quia respexit” from the Magnificat, BWV 243
Start the New Year with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble! Soloists Alisa Jordheim, Lauren McCalister, Andreas Kirtley, and Jonathan Cooper join the CBE in presenting two of Bach’s shorter cantatas, Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155 and Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158



Bach Vespers, Dec. 14, 6pm


Bach Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Reception to follow
Bach: Cantata: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
Bach: Three “Leipzig” Chorale Preludes
     Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
     Trio super Nun Komm er Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
     Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
Lassus: Benedic, anima mea (Psalm 103)
Weelkes: Magnificat (Short Service)

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.

Listen to the Bach Ensemble

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!