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Feast on Bach! Feast III
Feast on Bach! Feast III

When:April 15, 2018, 3:00pm. Special 2:00pm preconcert lecture on Bach and his cantatas will be presented by Dr. Daniel R. Melamed, Professor of Musicology and Bach scholar at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Where:St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 State Rd 46, Bloomington, IN

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This season, BCS is presenting “Feast on Bach,” a special series of concerts that draw from the great festival cantatas Bach composed for the major feast days of the liturgical year. J.S. Bach spent a great part of his creative life as the Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where one of his main responsibilities was to provide music for the services at the church, both on Sundays and on special feast days. Bach wrote hundreds of cantatas during his tenure as Kantor; of these approximately 225 survive today. Taken as a whole, they represent a remarkable diversity of expression and profound insight into the theological depths that Bach explored in his efforts to bring to his congregation an understanding of the Biblical texts that formed the foundations of the services. The scoring for these cantatas is as rich and varied as the subject matter: prominent throughout are high Baroque trumpets, a unique variety of expressive wind instruments including the lesser known and plaintive oboe d’amore and oboe da’caccia. The choruses of the cantatas are among Bach’s finest writing, and the solo writing ranges the gamut from brilliant coloratura to achingly introspective.

This year we are taking a chronological journey through the Lutheran church year in a series of 3 concerts that feature some of Bach’s greatest examples in this genre.

Feast III: Cantatas of Pentecost, Trinity, and Reformation will conclude the series on April 15th, 2018.

Our 2017–2018 Season: