Bach Vespers for Advent


Bach Vespers
Sunday November 27th at 5pm
Cantata: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62
Pre-Vespers lecture at 4:30pm

Join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, vocal soloists and our own St. Thomas Choristers to commemorate the First Sunday of Advent with a Bach Cantata written for this very occasion in the year 1714. Cantata 62, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (which translates to “Savior of the nations, come!”) is based on the familiar Lutheran hymn of the same name, and even finds its place as number 54 in the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. We hope you’ll join us for the last Bach Vespers of 2016, before resuming on January 15th 2017.

May Festival Youth Chorus make debut at the October Bach Vespers


Sunday, October 16th, 5pm
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas
The May Festival Youth Chorus
Bach: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56

We invite you to join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring the eternal music of J. S. Bach. This Bach Vespers service will also feature the May Festival Youth Chorus for the first time as special guests, as well as baritone Jonathan Cooper performing the solo cantata for bass, Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56. We can’t wait to share some more timeless music, today!

Bach Vespers: Remembering 9/11

Bach Vespers September 11 2016

Sunday, September 11 at 5pm

“Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!” BWV 70
“O Jesu, Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht,” BWV 118

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas
Carlton Monroe, Conductor
Featuring the Bach Choir & Vocal Soloists

Now featuring a Pre-Vespers Lecture at 4:30pm!
Led by Xavier University’s Douglas Easterling
The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas’ 2016-17 season begins with a special Vespers service, dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks, fifteen years ago on this day. This Vespers service will feature The Bach Ensemble and the Bach Choir in Cantata 70, Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, a motet: O Jesu, Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht, BWV 118 as well as the “Agnus Dei” from B-Minor Mass, BWV 232. Join us in commemorating this solemn day with the eternal music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Join us in Covington!

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The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas

with The Bach Choir
Carlton Monroe, conductor

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
1101 Madison Avenue,
Covington, Kentucky

Vocal and Instrumental Soloists:

Randy Bowman, flute (CSO Principal)
Dwight Parry, oboe (CSO Principal)
Erik Anderson, cello
Melissa Harvey, soprano
Adria Caffaro, alto
Allan Palacios Chan, tenor
Jonathan Cooper, bass


Cantata: O Jesus Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118
Chorus from Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70
Chromatic Fantasy in d minor, BWV 903a
Cantata: Ich habe genug, BWV 82
Concerto for Flute and Oboe, TWV 52:e1 (G. P. Telemann)
Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Cantata: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 100

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas will present a special concert in celebration of Bach’s Birthday on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY. The concert will feature the BEST musicians in a performance of choral cantatas and instrumental works resounding throughout the glorious acoustics of one of the area’s great sacred spaces. Guest soloists include the Cincinnati Symphony’s Randy Bowman, flute, and Dwight Parry, oboe, along with cellist Eric Anderson, Professor of Music at Minot State University. The program will include choral cantatas, a solo cantata, one of the Bach cello suites, and the Chromatic Fantasy arranged for flute.