3.21.20, 7:30 PM – Grand Finale: Arias, Duets, & Bach’s First Cantata

Our day-long celebration wraps up with the ad-hoc Staunton Bach Orchestra , BATC Choir, and soloists, led by Paul Weber,  offering a rousing finale of some beloved arias, duets, and chorales, including a complete performance of the landmark Cantata No. 131, considered Bach’s first cantata. 

Program:

Cantata BWV 170, Vergnügte Ruh’, beliebte Seelenlust

 (“Contented rest, beloved inner joy”)

1. Aria: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust

Charles Humphries, countertenor

Stephen Key, oboe d’amore

Cantata BWV 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben

7. Aria: Hilf Jesu, hilf, dass ich auch dich bekenne (Tenor)

Brian Thorsett, tenor

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, PT. IV:  Fällt. mit Danken, fallt mit Loben

(“Fall with thanks; fall with praise.”)

4. Aria Flösst, mein Heiland, flösst, dein Namen (Soprano)

Sheila Dietrich, soprano

Autry Harper, “echo” soprano

Stephen Key, oboe

Cantata BWV 53, Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde (“Strike my hour, so long awaited”)

Charles Humphries, countertenor

St. John Passion, BWV 245

Es ist vollbracht (contralto)

Mein teuer Heiland (bass with Chorale)

Cecelia McKinley, contralto

Coleman Itzkoff, cello solo

Christopher Short, bass

BATC Chamber Choir

Cantata BWV 66, Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (“Rejoice All Ye Heart”)

IV. Duet recitative (alto, tenor): Bei Jesu Leben freudig sein

V. Aria (alto, tenor): Ich furchte zwar/nicht des Grabes Finsternissen

VI. Chorale: Alleluja. Des solln wir alle froh sein.

Brian Thorsett, tenor   Charles Humphries, countertenor

Sheila Dietrich, soprano     Christopher Short, bass

Rachell Wong, violin solo

 

Cantata BWV 131, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich (“Out of the depths I cry to thee, o Lord”)

1. Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (Chorus)

2. So du willst, Herr (Arioso and Chorale) – Bass & Soprano

3. Ich harre des Herrn (Chorus)

4. Meine Seele wartet auf den Herrn (Aria and Chorale) – Tenor & Alto

5. Israel hoffe auf den Herrn (Chorus)

 

Cantata BWV 75, Die Elenden sollen essen (“The miserable shall eat”)

8. Sinfonia

14. Chorale: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (Whatever God does is done well!) x2

Performers:

CANTATA SOLOISTS

Sheila Dietrich, soprano

Charles Humphries countertenor

Brian Thorsett, tenor

Christopher Short, bass

BATC CHAMBER CHOIR

Soprano

Sheila Dietrich, Autry Harper, Megan Sharp,

Kaitlyn Townsend, Jennifer Roe, Nancy Dennis

Alto

Charles Humphries, Adrianna Tam, Jonathan Schakel,

Narumi Sousa, Cecelia McKinley, Gayle Alderfer Fisher

Tenor

Brian Thorsett, Joel Vanderzee, Sam Johnson,

Aaron Reichert, Chris Mayfield

Bass

Christopher Short, Brian Sousa, Dwight McCall,

Marcus Hamilton, Jim Benedict, Ronald Gaykema

ORCHESTRA
Violin Principal: Nigel Armstrong
Violin 2: Rachel Wong
Viola: Andrew Gonzalez
Cello Principal: Coleman Itzkoff
Cello: Ana Abrantes
Double Bass: Samuel Suggs
Oboe & Oboe d’amore: Stephen Key
Bassoon: Suzanne Pattison
Continuo:  Florence Jowers
Conductor: Paul Weber

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