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BACH CANTATA 61

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

BACH CANTATA 61

“Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (Now come, Savior of the Nations).  Sunday, Dec. 4th, 2016 at 5:00pm.  Composed for the First Sunday in Advent, this cantata was first performed on December 2, 1714, led by Bach.  The text was provided by Erdmann Neumeister, who quoted the Book of Revelation and framed his work by two hymn stanzas, the first from Martin Luther’s “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” the main hymn for Advent with a melody based on Medieval chant, and the final one from Philipp Nicolai’s “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern.”  The cantata is scored for three vocal...

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BACH CANTATA 115

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

BACH CANTATA 115

“Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit” (Make yourself ready, my spirit), written for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity. Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 5:00pm. Soloists Arwen Myers (soprano), Hannah Penn (alto),  Les Green (tenor), and Kevin Walsh (bass) join the St. James Bach Choir and an orchestra of strings, flute, and oboe d’amore in singing Bach Cantata 115. Also, a new motet by Philadelphia composer Nancy Galbraith will be premiered.  Based on Psalm 133, the motet was commissioned for the Bach Vespers by St. James friend Jan Kjerne in memory of her father.  Pre-service music...

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12th Annual 4 X 4 Concerts

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

12th Annual 4 X 4 Concerts

Four Fridays of Four-hand Piano Music at St. James. Four Fridays in August:  all concerts begin at 12:10 P.M. August 5th features the XX Digitus Duo with Maria Garcia, a native of Puerto Rico, and Momoko Muramatsu from Japan.  Both are graduates of the New England Conservatory of Music recently arrived in Portland.  Their eclectic repertory ranges from the classics to world music and Radiohead. August 12th features Timothy & Nancy LeRoi Nickel.  Founders of the series and graduates of the Guildhall School in London, the Duo will play Schubert’s masterpiece, the Grand Duo. August...

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BACH CANTATA 9

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

BACH CANTATA 9

BACH CANTATA 9 — “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her” — Sunday, June 26th at 5:00pm — The 2015-2016 Bach Cantata season at St. James concludes with Bach’s Cantata #9 for the 6th Sunday of Trinity.  The cantata is built on hymn #590 in our red hymnal (“Salvation unto us has come”).  The featured flute part will be played by PSU music faculty Sydney Carlson.  The Bach Choir with professional orchestra of strings, oboe, and flute will be joined by vocal soloists Christine Welch-Elder, Hannah Penn, Les Green, and Kevin Walsh. Music for two organs by Cherubini will begin...

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Easter in May!

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

Easter in May!

BACH CANTATA 31 — “Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret” (Festival of Easter: “Heaven laughs! Earth exults”) Sunday, May 1st at 5:00pm Bach’s Easter Cantata #31 “Heaven laughs! Earth rejoices” will be sung at the May 1st Bach Vesper at 5:00pm.  This tour de force Easter cantata is one of only two extant cantatas that Bach composed for Easter Day (Christ lag in Todesbanden, #4 is the other).  The lavish orchestration of 3 trumpets, 3 oboes, tympani, strings, organ, SATB choir, and 3 soloists — soprano Christine Welch-Elder, tenor Brian Tierney and...

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