On February 11, 2012 Emmanuel Music’s concert series continues with Connected By Bach at Emmanuel Church at 8pm with Artistic Director Ryan Turner conducting. The evening will feature the Orchestra and soloists of Emmanuel Music and begins with a pre-concert talk at 7:00 PM with composer, conductor, flutist, and educator, John Heiss.
Perhaps more than any other composer in history, Bach is quoted, paraphrased, drawn upon for inspiration and identified as a compositional influence. This concert reveals that influence on Igor Stravinsky, and on contemporary composer John Corigliano. Stravinsky’s "Dumbarton Oaks" directly quotes the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and Corigliano’s Fancy on a Bach Air, is inspired by the Bach unaccompanied cello suites. The main piece of the program: Stravinsky Pulcinella, takes structural ideas from Bach. Stravinsky’s later re-working of the ballet into a suite reflects the same form as the Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4 that opens the evening’s program.
"Connected By Bach features the rarely-heard complete version of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella," stated Artistic Director Ryan Turner, “…and showcases the full artistry of the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music." From recent scholarship, we have learned that Pulcinella, originally believed to be based on themes and fragments by Pergolesi, was actually based on themes by other composers, such as Domenico Gallo, Count van Wassenaer, and Carlo Ignazio Monza, as well as forms employed by Bach. Considered the first composition of Stravinsky’s Neoclassical period, it draws from an 18th century Commedia dell’arte play. Pulcinella was a stunning collaboration between the leading artistic luminaries of the first half of the 20th century: the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Russian choreographer Léonide Massine, Russian impresario Sergei Diaghliev, and one of Stravnisky’s favorite conductors Ernest Ansermet. The result is an astonishing dramatic and compelling work.
On every concert date, the neighboring 4-star TAJ BOSTON will be serving a three-course dinner for $35 per person for Emmanuel concert ticket holders only. The price excludes tax and gratuity.
To make reservations contact the Taj directly at 617.598.5255.
Based at Emmanuel Church in Boston, the ensembles and soloists of Emmanuel Music (a separately incorporated non-profit) present 40 to 50 concerts annually in three series: the Cantata Series, the Evening Series, and the Chamber Series. Emmanuel Music was established in 1970 by Mr. Smith with a group of New England Conservatory students to perform the sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach in the context for which they were created, a Sunday worship service. The Cantata Series remains the core of the organization’s activities and is the only one of its kind in the United States. The Evening Series features large-scale works from the baroque, classical, and early romantic eras, and premieres of works by its resident composer and Principal Guest Conductor, Pulitzer-Prize winner John Harbison, James Primosch and others. The Chamber Series is dedicated to the encyclopedic exploration of chamber works by great composers, currently Beethoven. The organization shares its artistic and educational resources with the community through its Community Connections program, The Bach Institute, and the Lindsey Chapel Series.
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Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church.
Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.