College and conservatory students will embark on an intensive exploration of the repertoire of J.S. Bach; Free Public Events
Emmanuel Music, Winsor Music, and Oberlin College and Conservatory announce the 2015 Bach Institute, hosted by Emmanuel Church and supported by generous grants from Oberlin, The Klarman Family Foundation and Drs. Peter Libby and Beryl Benacerraf. From January 9 through 26, 2015, fifteen college and conservatory students, from Oberlin Conservatory and local Boston institutions such as New England Conservatory and Boston University School of Music, will embark on an intensive exploration, mentored by faculty from Emmanuel Music, into the historical framework and performance of Bach cantatas and arias.
The Bach Institute Mission
The Bach Institute has a two-fold mission: to provide an intensive opportunity for college and conservatory students to become immersed in the experience of learning about and performing Bach. The program also offers the participants several community outreach opportunities including performing at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and presenting an educational program they design for students at the Mather School in Dorchester. The public is invited to enrich their understanding and appreciation of J.S. Bach at programs including a free master class, talks by John Harbison and Robert Levin, round-table discussions on the cantatas being performed on Sundays and a final performance of selected cantata arias and Cantata BWV 44 conducted by Ryan Turner.
The faculty for The Bach Institute is drawn from the Emmanuel Music ensemble, and will include Ryan Turner, Artistic Director; Kendra Colton, soprano, and Peggy Pearson, oboe, Project Directors; John Harbison, Principal Guest Conductor; Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano; Frank Kelley, tenor; Michael Sponseller, organ; Heidi Braun-Hill, violin; Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello; scholar and composer Robert Levin, guest lecturer.
A participant from 2014 had this to say about the Bach Institute experience: I felt both exhausted and energized at the end of each day. It was such a joy to work so meticulously on details that usually go unnoticed, to be inspired by the experience of musicians who really knew what they’re talking about, to focus on chamber skills in a colorful way.
Faculty members of The Bach Institute identify qualified conservatory and school of music undergraduate students to participate in the program. There will be a quartet of singers (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), two continuo teams (cello and organ), solo flute, violin and oboe. Of these students, ten will be from Oberlin College; the others from the Boston area will participate in Cantata BWV 44. This combination of musicians will enable the program to explore a great variety of repertoire.
• Sunday, January 11, Cantata BWV 37 at the 10 am service
• Sunday, January 18, Cantata BWV 122 at the 10 am service
• Sunday, January 25, Cantata BWV 168 at the 10 am service Bach Institute students participate in the weekly cantata at the 10 am Emmanuel Church services on Sundays and perform chamber music for the service preludes.
• Saturday, January 10 at 11:30 am Cantata rehearsal, BWV 37 1:00 PM: Brown bag lunch discussion with John Harbison and Pamela Dellal on the cantatas presented during the Institute.
• Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM: Presentation by Robert Levin, What Makes Bach Great?
• Saturday, January 17 at 11:30 am Cantata rehearsal, BWV 122 1:00 PM: Brown bag lunch discussion with Ryan Turner and Pamela Dellal on Cantata BWV 122
• Saturday, January 24 at 11:30 am Cantata rehearsal, BWV 168 1:00 PM: Brown bag lunch discussion with Ryan Turner and Pamela Dellal on Cantata BWV 168
• Monday, January 26 Final Concert: Bach Arias and Bach Cantata BWV 44, 7:30 PM
About Emmanuel Music
Emmanuel Music, a collective group of singers and instrumentalists, was founded in 1970 by Craig Smith to perform the complete cycle of over 200 sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended, an endeavor twice completed and a tradition which continues under the leadership of Ryan Turner, Artistic Director. Over the years, Emmanuel Music has garnered critical and popular acclaim through its presentations of large-scale and operatic works by Bach, Handel, Schubert, and Mozart, its in-depth exploration of the complete vocal, piano, and chamber works of Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and others, and its presentation of contemporary music, especially the work of composer John Harbison. The organization shares its artistic and educational resources with the community through its Community Connections program, The Bach Institute, and the Lindsey Chapel Series.
About Winsor Music
Founded in 1996 by oboist Peggy Pearson, the mission of Winsor Music, Inc. is to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of chamber music. The organization consists of three branches: a chamber music concert series given in Massachusetts at the Follen Community Church in Lexington and St. Paul’s Church in Brookline; the direction of a national consortium of chamber music groups that commissions new works; and a highly successful outreach program, in which students from the Boston area perform chamber music in retirement communities, homeless shelters and recovery homes.
For information www.emmanuelmusic.org
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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
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