A unique partnership between Boston’s Emmanuel Church and Emmanuel Music gives Bach’s Cantatas a permanent residence and extends an invitation to all. Every Sunday through May 2017
BOSTON │Long before Newbury Street became a mecca for high-heeled fashionistas and gourmands, Emmanuel Church dominated the first block of Back Bay’s fashionable shopping district. In the nearly 160 years that have passed, the church has retained its original pioneering spirit, by providing outreach programs and service to the broader community beyond the families that originally worshipped in its soaring sanctuary. A women’s shelter, a homeless refuge, a place for recovering alcoholics to meet and heal – the confines of the church have long been a home for all.
For the last 47 years, Emmanuel Church and Emmanuel Music under the direction of Ryan Turner have also provided a sanctuary for what is arguably Johann Sebastian Bach’s most significant and celebrated compositions, his cantatas. Nearly every Sunday (from September to May), the community is invited to hear one of Bach’s glorious cantatas. As they were originally written for worship services, these cantatas are presented toward the end of the 10 a.m. Sunday liturgy at Emmanuel Church, where Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence. Those aiming to hear just the cantatas are welcome to join at approximately 11 a.m., but both organizations encourage all to enter at any time during the service, with the motto that “the longer you are here, the more you will hear.” Greeters are there to welcome and assist in seating.
The noted American theatre director Peter Sellars recalled when he first experienced this hidden treasure. “I really was adopted when I was 21 by a group of musicians in Boston at Emmanuel Church. . . Bach was something that was ongoing every single week. What was beautiful for me was I grew up like everybody with Glen Gould, and with this idea that Bach was this great abstract composer, and it was Emmanuel [that] you got ‘this music is not abstract at all.’
In January, participants in The Bach Institute will join the ensemble for the Sunday Cantatas, and other activities. For further information on The Bach Institute, visit www.emmanuelmusic.org/thebachinstitute. For weekly updates please visit www.emmanuelmusic.org or call 617-536-3356.
The Winter/Spring 2017 Cantata schedule is:
|Date||Cantata||Title||1/8||BWV 41||Jesu, nun sei gepreiset||1/15||BWV 9||Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
John Harbison, conductor
|1/22||BWV 190||Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied!||1/29||BWV 107||Was willst du dich betrüben||2/5||BWV 39||Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot||2/12||BWV 33||Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ||2/19||BWV 138||Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz?||2/26||BWV 51||Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!||3/5||BWV 12||Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen||3/12||BWV 68||Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt||3/19||BWV 54||Widerstehe doch der Sünde||3/26||BWV 85||Ich bin ein guter Hirt
John Harbison, conductor
|4/2||BWV 131||Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir||4/9||Mozart||Litanie Lauretanae, KV 109||4/14||Knut Nystedt ||Stabat Mater, op. 111
Good Friday, 12 PM
|4/16||BWV 67||Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ||4/23||BWV 158||Der Friede sei mit dir||4/30||BWV 103||Ihr werdet weinen und heulen||5/7||Haydn ||Mass in Time of War “Paukenmesse”, Hob. XXII:9
David Angus, conductor
|5/14||BWV 229 ||Komm, Jesu, komm
Michael Beattie, conductor
|5/21||BWV 11||Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen|
For more information, and for updates, call 617.536.3356 or visit our website at http://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 grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Cultural Council.