New Year's Eve WITH J.S. BACH AND G.F. HANDEL
A historically-informed performance to greet the new year
Our tradition of giving a New Year’s Eve concert was born in December 2014, thanks to the resounding success of that year’s experiment with Bach’s rarely heard complete Christmas Oratorio.
This year, Choral Arts will present two masterpieces of the Baroque era.
J.S. Bach’s Magnificat
We will perform one of Bach's most popular vocal works with the Christmas hymn "interpolations" (laudes) that composer originally included for Magnificat's first Christmas performance in Leipzig in 1723.
During Bach's time In Leipzig, Magnificat became a regular part of Sunday services, sung in German on ordinary Sundays but more elaborately, and in Latin, on the high holidays (such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost).
Handel’s Coronation Anthems
One of the last acts of King George I before his death in 1727 was to sign "An Act for the naturalizing of George Frederic Handel and others." Handel's first commission as a naturalized British citizen was to write the music for the coronation later that year. The four anthems Handel composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline on 11 October 1727 have never lacked popular favour. They were repeatedly performed at concerts and festivals during his life and since, and he incorporated substantial parts of them, with little change except to the words, in several oratorios, notably Esther and Deborah.
The forces that he used were substantial for the time period: an augmented Chapel Royal Choir of 47 voices and an orchestra that may have numbered as many as 160 instruments. The chorus is divided from time to time into 6 or 7 parts (the tenors remain united) and a large body of strings includes three (not the usual two) violin parts.
On photo: The empty frame of the State Crown of King George I. Photo Source
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Choral Arts Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Bach Collegium
Matthew Glandorf, Conductor
*Important Admission Information:
Seating is not assigned for this event. Please keep in mind that we do NOT produce actual paper "tickets" for our performances. Your email confirmation (from online purchase) serves as a proof of your advance seat purchase. For speedy entrance: please print the email confirmation of your seat purchase, skip the check-in line and show it to an usher at the sanctuary door. If you don't have the printed email with you, no worries: our admission volunteers will have a check-in list of all guests.