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Choral Arts Philadelphia Dedicates 35th Anniversary Season 2017-2018
and Bach At Seven Series’ Fifth Season to
500 Years of Lutheran Reformation Movement in Music
PHILADELPHIA, 9/20/2017-5/16/18: Choral Arts Philadelphia, in partnership with The Bach Festival of Philadelphia and its resident ensemble The Philadelphia Bach Collegium, has announced the 2017-2018 season. Artistic Director Matthew Glandorf will lead choral, solo, and chamber works by a variety of composers -- from Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz to Felix Mendelssohn and Hugo Distler. Reflecting 500 years of the Lutheran Reformation movement, the season features a world premiere by David Carpenter, a New Year’s Eve celebration with Claudio Monteverdi Vespers, and a tribute to the founder of Bach Festival, Michael Korn, among other inspiring programs.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The event that led to the formation of the Lutheran church in Germany -- causing a true religious, cultural, and social revolution.
According to Glandorf, "The most famous of Lutheran composers, J.S. Bach was deeply influenced by the Reformation composers Johann Walter, Heinrich Schütz, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel. In turn, Bach’s own music, his Cantatas in particular, had a profound influence on those who came after him, especially Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Distler, and, in our own time and city, Kile Smith. Our season’s lineup will reflect those influences and inspirations.”
For the fifth season, Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the popular Bach at Seven series, monthly mid-week hour-long programs of choral and chamber music. This year, the repertoire is dedicated to the composers influenced by the Reformation, including a world premiere by the Philadelphia composer David Carpenter. A Love So Still is set to Dietrich Bonhöffer's poem Von guten Mächten from his “Letters and Papers from Prison.”
On December 31, 2017, the recently established tradition of a New Year’s Eve celebration continues with performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610), which marks the composer's 450th birthday. In 2014 and 2016, the New Year’s Eve performances of J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio were sold out, with the latest performance broadcast live on WWFM Classical Music Network.
In March 2018, the organization will hold a special tribute program in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Michael Korn, the founder of Bach Festival, the Philadelphia Singers, and Chorus America. “Michael was such an innovative figure in Philadelphia's musical life,” – Glandorf said. “In fact, it was his original vision of a performing organization with chorus and orchestra with our region's great musicians to which I wanted to return when I took over as artistic director of the Bach Festival in 2007.”
Korn, the American choral conductor and organ virtuoso, died at the age of 44 in Philadelphia. His tribute will feature the music of J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, including motet Jesu, mine Freude, which the disbanded Philadelphia Singers choir sang on numerous occasions.
Bach at Seven Series: Fall 2017
When: Third Wednesday of the month, 7-8 p.m.
Where: St. Clement’s Church, 2013 Appletree Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Admission: Pay what you wish, with $25/person suggested contribution paid at the door.
No tickets. Open seating. All ages welcome. Post-concert reception with performers.
September 20 – Philadelphia Bach Collegium
J.S. Bach: Mentors, Colleagues and Students
Chamber music by Georg Böhm, Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Ludwig Krebs, J.S. Bach
October 18 – Choral Arts Philadelphia/ Philadelphia Bach Collegium
Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien
J.S. Bach: Motet BWV 228 Fürchte dich nicht
Knut Nystedt (1915-2014): Immortal Bach
November 15 - Choral Arts Philadelphia/ Philadelphia Bach Collegium
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild
David Carpenter (b. 1972): A Love So Still (Von guten Mächten), World Premiere
Other sacred choral works from XVI-XX centuries, inspired by the Lutheran Reformation
Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)
When: New Year's Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Where: S. Clement’s Church, 2013 Appletree Street, Philadelphia
Admission: Early bird: $10-30 ($15-45 after November 30). Buy online at www.choralarts.com or at the door.
Tribute to Michael Korn
When: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia
Admission: Ticket sales TBA. Buy online at www.choralarts.com or at the door.
More Information: www.choralarts.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 267-240-ALTO (2586).
Full Season at a Glance: http://www.choralarts.com/season-at-a-glance.html
Choral Arts Philadelphia is a premier chamber ensemble of professional and avocational musicians. Inspired by the works of J.S. Bach, we present historically informed performances, explore new music, and engage the community in innovative ways. The Bach Festival of Philadelphia is a project of Choral Arts Philadelphia. Find more at ChoralArts.com, contact email@example.com or (267) 240-2586.
The Philadelphia Bach Collegium was founded in 2008 by artistic director Matthew Glandorf, and is a resident chamber ensemble of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia. Comprising the region’s finest musicians and scholars, the Collegium specializes in the music of XVII-XVIII centuries. Learn more at ChoralArts.com.
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