Emmanuel Music Goes Back to Bach for its 2015-16 Season with an
All-Bach Inspired Program, Bach Reimagined
BOSTON │Since taking over the baton at Emmanuel Music in 2010, Artistic Director Ryan Turner has traversed new territory with the critically acclaimed Chorus and Orchestra from standing room only performances of “The Great Gatsby” and “A Little Night Music” to their first performance of Bach’s “St. John Passion” in seven years.
For Emmanuel Music’s 2015-2016 season, Turner continues to put his own stamp on the ensemble’s direction while fulfilling his charge as a steward of Emmanuel Music’s hallmark, Bach. Their season, titled Bach Reimagined, is an all-Bach-inspired program.
“It’s a short trip, really, as we never left,” remarked Turner about the “return” to Bach. “His works are our vernacular — the weekly rehearsals and exploration of Bach cantatas are not only the core of Emmanuel Music but of understanding the heart and soul of Bach's music.”
The season’s concert series commences on October 3 with Bach Rearranged, which will show Mahler, Stravinsky and the Swingle Singers’ take on Bach’s works. On March 19, Bach Reconstructed will be a performance of “The Passion According to St. Mark,” one of Bach’s five settings of the Gospels’ Passion texts. Modern scholars have carefully reconstructed the missing pieces, and Emmanuel Music will be working with Bach scholar Christoph Wolff to select the reconstructions for the performance.
The final concert on April 9, Bach Reinvented, features Bach’s own take on the eternal “pop music versus ‘learned’ music” debate in his secular cantata, “The Contest Between Phoebus and Pan.” Kurt Weill’s acrid commentary on greed and alienation, “The Seven Deadly Sins,” shows how the composer acknowledged his debt to Bach and then ran with it. Chorales in praise of money and a baroque parody aria rub up against foxtrots and cabaret numbers in this “sung ballet” score. Emmanuel Music is collaborating on this performance with Urbanity Dance, Betsi Graves, director.
Emmanuel Music’s season will also feature the Bach Cantata Series, a 45-year-old tradition of presenting weekly Bach cantatas on Sundays from September to May in the liturgical setting for which they were originally intended; Year II of the Mendelssohn/Wolf Chamber Series, which includes collaborations with the Lydian String Quartet and the Arneis Quartet; the free Thursday Noon Lindsey Chapel Series that will feature the Bach Cello Suites, and the Bach Institute in January that draws on the experience of Emmanuel Music faculty selected from the ensemble to coach and inspire college-age musicians.
Tickets for the 2015–16 season will go on sale July 15, 2015 at emmanuelmusic.org or by calling 617.536.3356.
Bach Rearranged — October 3, 2015 – 8 p.m. Edward M. Pickman Hall – Longy School of Music of Bard College
|Bach||Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067|
|Bach||Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064R|
|Swingle||Bach vocal arrangements|
|Stravinsky||Four Preludes and Fugues from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier|
Bach Reconstructed — March 19, 2016 – 8 p.m. Emmanuel Church
|Bach||St. Mark Passion|
Bach Reinvented — April 9, 2016 7:30 p.m. Emmanuel Church
|Bach||The Contest between Phoebus and Pan, BWV 201|
|Weill||The Seven Deadly Sins —A collaboration with Urbanity Dance, Betsi Graves, Director|
Mendelssohn/Wolf Chamber Series, Year II — Sundays at 4 p.m. Emmanuel Church
|Mendelssohn||Lied ohne Worte, op 109 for cello and piano ;|
|Wolf||Liederstrauß ~ Heine Lieder|
|Mendelssohn||Piano Trio No. 1, op. 49|
|Mendelssohn||6 Gesänge, op. 34|
|Mendelssohn||String Quartet No. 1, op. 12|
|Wolf||Aus dem Buch Suleika~ Goethe Lieder|
|Wolf||Intermezzo in Eb Major|
|Kendra Colton, soprano|
|William Hite, tenor|
|Kayo Iwama, piano|
|Mendelssohn||Four Pieces for String Quartet|
|Mendelssohn||String Quintet No. 2, op. 87|
|Mendelssohn||Lieder with string quartet|
Bach Cantata Series at Emmanuel Church
Sundays, September 2015 - May 2016 — 10 a.m.
The Bach Cantata Series, presented in a liturgical setting, features cantatas and motets of Bach and others.
The Bach Institute – January 8 – 27, 2016
Free Thursday Noon Lindsey Chapel Series
Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello BWV 1007-1012
Thursdays, February 11- March 17, 2016 — 12 Noon
Leslie Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church
The performances take place on successive Thursdays at noon during Lent in the beautiful and historic Leslie Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church. These concerts are presented free of charge.
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.
For information www.emmanuelmusic.org
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Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church.
Emmanuel Music is funded in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency that is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.