Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bach Cantata Choir to perorm at Leipzig Bach Festival in June of 2020

The Leipzig Bach Festival has invited Portland's own Bach Cantata Choir to perform at the internationally renown festival in June of 2020. Here is the news via Facebook from the choir's artistic director, Ralph Nelson:

Last summer, the Bach Cantata Choir (of which I am the artistic director/conductor) traveled to Germany and sang in two of Bach’s great churches in Leipzig. We have been invited back to Leipzig to sing as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival in 2020 – a festival that occurs annually each June, and draws Bach enthusiasts from around the world. The theme of the Leipzig Bach Festival in 2020 will be “Bach – We Are Family,” and will feature 17 invited choirs from 5 continents around the world. The Bach Cantata is extremely honored to be one of four choirs to represent the United States – the other three are the Bethlehem PA Bach Choir (America’s first Bach choir), Trinity Wall Street (New York City) and Emmanuel Music (Boston). We will be singing three cantatas (#38, #115, and #180) in St. Nicholas Church (pictured here -- one of Bach’s two great churches in Leipzig) on June 16, 2020. We have a concert coming up this weekend on Sunday, November 18 at 2pm at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church (NE 44th and Sandy in Portland, Oregon). Admission is free – doors open at 1:30pm. See for more details.

PS: I sing in the choir and am really looking forward to a return to Leipzig in 2020!

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