Experience the enchanting choral music from Scandinavia in the awesome acoustical setting of St. Stan’s. Familiar music by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius is combined with newer works by Trond Kverno, Waldemar Åhlén, Wilhelm Stenhammar and others. We are especially excited to perform several new works by the up-and-coming young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo whose music draws inspiration from film music. Gjeilo’s stunning ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ takes the listener to another world and will be a highlight to the first concert of the season. After the performance join us for wine in the adjacent Polish Heritage Hall to meet friends, greet the performers and welcome new executive director Melissa Payton. Free, gated parking.
Concertmaster Lenora-Marya Anop is joined by Bach Society Orchestra members Charles Metz, harpsichord; Elizabeth Macdonald, cello; Catherine Edwards, flute; and pianist Sandra Geary in an informal program of Bach instrumental works. Limited seating in the old-world ambiance of the Great Hall. Meet and chat with the performers over a glass of wine after the performance.
The Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra celebrate the “glory of Christmas” with Bach’s Gloria in excelsis and more Christmas classics. Then, joined by the UMSL University Singers, the combined choirs offer a thrilling performance of John Rutter’s festive and dynamic Gloria. The candlelight procession, a cornerstone of this concert since 1951, is followed by favorite carols of the season. But the “perfect holiday experience” is not complete until the audience has been treated to Craig Courtney’s witty setting of A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas.
The 2013-2014 Young Artists are joined by pianist Sandra Geary for an afternoon of Bach solo arias and duets in addition to personal favorites from operatic and recital repertoire. Enjoy hearing soprano Mary Beth Freitag, mezzo soprano Laura Beth Codispoti, tenor Jake Tackett, and bass Ravi Raghuram on their path to careers as soloists. Presented jointly with the Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church. Free admission.
Only Bach can produce great works of art that also take the listener on along a spiritual and emotional journey. The Leipzig master’s setting of the Passion story from the Gospel of St. John combines powerful emotion with intense drama, providing a meaningful preparation for Lent. The Chorus and Orchestra are joined by five outstanding soloists who were featured in our recent St. Matthew Passion, tenor William Watson as the Evangelist, baritone Stephen Morscheck singing the role of Jesus, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Lawrence Jones, bass Curtis Streetman, along with the Bach Society debut of soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg.
From the opening strains of René Clausen’s Tonight Eternity Alone to the closing bars of Stephen Paulus’ Pilgrim’s Hymn, “heavenly” describes the entire experience. A selection of new yet accessible compositions by John Tavener, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Steven Stucky and Howard Helvey is highlighted by the premiere of a new work by Stephen Mager. Anchoring the concert is the striking and meditative ‘Mass for Double Chorus’ by Swiss composer Frank Martin.
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