Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bach Cantata Choir concert this Sunday

This season, both Northwest Reverbers (Lorin and myself) are singing with the Bach Cantata Choir, and the ensemble has its first concert coming up this Sunday (November 1st).

Here's all the essential information about this concert from the BCC's press release:

The Bach Cantata Choir of Portland will open its 5th concert season with a concert featuring works by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) on Sunday, November 1 from 2:00pm-3:15pm at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave in Portland, Oregon. The concert, under the direction of conductor Ralph Nelson, will feature a performance of Handel’s stirring Chandos Anthem #9, “O Praise the Lord with One Consent” and Bach’s Cantata #147, “Herz und Mut und Tat und Leben.” Both works contain themes well known to most audiences – the Handel is based on the familiar hymn tune “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”, and the Bach contains “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken. Doors open at 1:30pm. A silent auction, whose proceeds benefit the operations of the choir, will immediately follow the concert in the parlor adjacent to the sanctuary.

Featured in Handel’s Chandos Anthem #9 will be soprano Nan Haemer, countertenor Tim Galloway, tenor Byron Wright and bass-baritone Jacob Herbert. In Bach’s Cantata #147 the soloists will be soprano Gina Osborne, alto Irene Weldon, tenor Byron Wright and bass-baritone Jacob Herbert. The works will be accompanied by a small chamber orchestra. John Vergin will provide the organ continuo. This concert features the Bach Cantata Choir – a choir of 55 professional or semi-professional voices, drawn from many of Portland’s finest choirs.

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