December 14-15, 2018 7:00 PM
Perhaps nothing conveys the sheer joy of Christmas better than Bach's ‘Christmas Oratorio’ composed for Leipzig's Christmas season of 1734.
Opening with an exhilarating timpani fanfare, what ensues is a euphoric crescendo leading to the outburst, Jauchzet, frohlocket!, leaving no doubt that the festival of Christmas has arrived.
The Christmas Oratorio carries the listener through the Christmas narrative as seen through the eyes of the angels, shepherds, and magi, and includes some of Bach's most sublime music.
Don't miss BCSD's first foray into this inimitable work as presented by our supreme lineup of musicians.
Melanie Russell, Soprano
Janelle DeStefano, Mezzo-Soprano
Jay Carter, Countertenor
Jason McStoots, Tenor
Paul Max Tipton, Baritone
February 22-23, 2019 7:30 PM
Frank Martin's ‘Mass for Double Choir’ and Bach's ‘Komm, Jesu, komm’ serves as the catalyst for exploring vocal textures; from the intimacy of four-part writing, to the expansive breadth of eight-parts.
Martin's Mass for Double Choir stands as one of the finest a cappella works ever written, with influences ranging from chant, to Renaissance polyphony to above all, Bach.
Bach's Komm, Jesu, komm is a benchmark of contrapuntal writing and musical rhetoric and displays in high degree the compositional practices taken up by Frank Martin in his Mass for Double Choir.
Seize this opportunity to hear some of the finest vocal music ever written covering a span of over two centuries, and eloquently performed by the Choir of BCSD.
FRANK MARTIN: MASS FOR DOUBLE CHOIR
J.S. BACH: KOMM, JESU, KOMM BWV 229
INCLUDING OTHER WORKS FOR DOUBLE CHOIR
The story tells of the confrontation between Arthur, the Christian Breton king and Oswald, the Pagan Saxon king. Assisted by their sorcerers, Merlin on the side of good and Osmond on the side of evil, they fight for supremacy over Brittany and for the heart of Emmeline, a blind young girl.
The BCSD is thrilled to present this work with an all-star cast of musicians who will deliver one of Purcell's signature works with an unmistakable energy and virtuosity.