College and conservatory students will embark on an intensive exploration of the repertoire of J. S. Bach; Free Public Events
BOSTON │Emmanuel Music, Winsor Music, and Oberlin College and Conservatory announce the 2017 Bach Institute, hosted by Emmanuel Church and supported by generous grants and contributions. From January 7 through 22, 2015, fifteen college and conservatory students selected by audition, from colleges and conservatories throughout the country, will embark on an intensive exploration, mentored by faculty from Emmanuel Music, into the historical framework and performance of Bach arias and cantatas.
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 Christoph Wolf, attendance at Saturday cantata rehearsals and round-table discussions on the cantatas being performed on Sundays and a final performance of selected cantata arias and Cantata BWV 113 conducted by Emmanuel Music Artistic Director, 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, Peggy Pearson, oboe, and Frank Kelley, tenor, Project Directors; John Harbison, Principal Guest Conductor; Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano; Michael Sponseller, organ; Heidi Braun-Hill, violin; Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello; Bach scholar Christoph Wolf, guest lecturer.
A recent participant 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 audition qualified conservatory and school of music undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the program. The participants include a quartet of singers (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), two continuo teams (cello and organ), solo flute, violin and oboe. This combination of musicians will enable the program to explore a great variety of repertoire.
The Bach Institute Event Schedule:
All activities take place at Emmanuel Church FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
To reserve seats at the following events, visit www.emmanuelmusic.org/thebachinstitute
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 Lindsey Chapel Series.
For information www.emmanuelmusic.org
About Winsor Music
Founded in 1996 by oboist Peggy Pearson, the mission of Winsor Music, Inc. is to foster appreciation and enjoyment of chamber music. The organization consists of three branches: a chamber music concert series in Massachusetts at 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.
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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.