Bach Vespers for Lent features Tallis

tallisThe 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.

Bach Vespers for Epiphany: January 13, 4pm

chancel photoSunday, January 13, 4pm

J. S. Bach
Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen
BWV 123

The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, Director

with…

Sarah Jackson, alto
Catherine Fishlock, alto
Anthony Beck, tenor
William McGraw, bass
Gerry Itzkoff, violin

Bach Vespers for Advent

Bach: Cantata 62, “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland”
Bach: from Cantata 140, “Zion hort die Wachter singen”
Franz: Lied ohne Worte, Op. 32 (for horn)
Caracciolo: There Is No Rose
Paulus: Pilgrim’s Hymn

Elizabeth Freimuth, horn
Amanda Bower, soprano
Sarah Jackson, alto
Anthony Beck, tenor
William McGraw, bass
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble

Bach Vespers for All Souls’

On Sunday, November 11, St. Thomas will offer a special Bach Vespers for All Souls with the Parish Choir, Choristers, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and soloists Kate Tombaugh and Grant Knox. The service will feature J. S. Bach’s Cantata 161, Komm der Susses Todesstunde and a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Ralph Vaughan Williams (“The Village Service”). As a prelude the Ensemble will present Vivaldi’s Concerto for Flute and Bassoon, with Cincinnati Symphony members Randy Bowman and Jennifer Monroe as soloists.

The Bach Vespers has established itself as one of the unique musical and spiritual experiences in Cincinnati. The service combines that ancient tradition of evening worship with the sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach, along with other beautiful instrumental and organ works, creating a beautiful and mystical experience. The musicians of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carlton Monroe, present the cantatas in the context of worship, the setting for which they were written.

The Bach Vespers is free and open for anyone to attend. There is a free-will offering taken during the service. We appreciate and depend on the generosity of our guests and patrons to sustain this program.

For more information, visit the Bach Vespers website or go to the St. Thomas website.

October Bach Vespers Features Soprano Mary Southworth Shaffer

J. S. Bach’s Cantata 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen featuring soprano Mary Southworth and trumpeter Jeff Shaffer will be the centerpiece of the Bach Vespers at St. Thomas on Sunday, October 21 at 4pm. Cantata 51, first performed in 1730 in Leipzig, is one of the great treasures of Bach’s work.

The prelude for the service will be Handel’s aria “Eternal Source of Light Divine” from the Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, HWV 74, also featuring Southworth and Schaffer.

The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas combines that ancient tradition of evening worship with the sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach, creating a beautiful and mystical experience. The musicians of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, and the new Bach Choir, under the direction of Dr. Carlton Monroe, present the cantatas in the context of worship, the setting for which they were written.

The Bach Vespers is free and open for anyone to attend. There is a free-will offering taken during the service. We appreciate and depend on the generosity of our guests and patrons to sustain this program.

St. Thomas is a member of the Episcopal Music Trail. For more information, visit episcopalmusictrail.wordpress.com.