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Bach Sommerfest 2010 – Performances and Lectures on July 23, 24 and 25 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan

Location: New York, USA
July 20, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net
 
Bach Sommerfest 2010 – Performances and Lectures on July 23, 24 and 25 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan
 
Bach Sommerfest 2010 and Bach Vespers will present three performances and accompanying lectures at HolyTrinityLutheranChurch, 3 West 65th Streetin Manhattanon the following dates:
 
Friday, July 23 – 7:00 pm- Organ Concert: Preludes on Lutheran Chorales - This will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m.pre-performance talk in the organ loft with Prof. Mark Bighley on the History of the Lutheran Chorale.
 
Saturday, July 24 - 7:00 pmBach Vespers, featuring Cantata 140- Wachet auf –preceded at 5:30 pm, with a pre-Vespers talk with renowned Bach scholar Prof. Michael Marissen on the Cantata 140.
 
Sunday, July 25 - 11:00 am- Holy Eucharist, featuring Cantata 1 - Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, with a 9:30 am pre-Service talk with Prof. Marissen on Cantata 1.
 
The theme for Sommerfest 2010 is The King and Queen of Chorales, a mid-summer celebration of one of the most important features of Bach’s music—the use of the chorale in his cantatas and related works.
 
Performers will be the Bach Choir and Players of Holy Trinity. Vocal soloists will be soprano Jennifer Bates, alto Jason Abrams, tenor Tony Boutté and bass Joe Damon Chapel.
 
Suggested donation for the July 23 organ concert is $10 at the door. A free-will offering will be collected during the July 24 and 25 cantata services. For more information, call 212-877-6815 or visit http://www.bachvespersnyc.org. Informal dress for Summer weather is welcome.
 
The Bach Choir is one of very few professional choirs in residence in a LutheranChurchin the United States. With a distinguished 42 year history, the choir has maintained excellence amidst the constant changes inherent in a church setting. The Bach Choir may be heard in two CD releases, Joining Hearts and Voices and Bach for All Seasons, both produced with Augsburg Fortress, and each nominated for a Grammy.
 
The Bach Players constitute one of New York's finest early music instrumental ensembles. In 1994 Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity implemented the performance of Bach on historic instruments (modeled on those known to Bach in the Baroque period) thus creating a unique and accurate staging of Bach’s cantatas and other sacred works. Peter Kupfer was formally named concertmaster in 2000. Individually, the renowned ensemble members are in great demand and perform throughout the United Statesand beyond.
 
Michael Marissen, Professor of Music at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, is the author of The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos(Princeton); Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion (Oxford); and essays on "Bach and anti-Judaism" in the Harvard Theological Review, Lutheran Quarterly, and the New York Times. His recent article, Rejoicing against Judaism in Handel's Messiah, was published in the Journal of Musicology, and Oxford University Press has published his latest book, Bach's Oratorios - The Parallel German-English Texts, with Annotations.
 
For photos, press inquiries or more information about Bach Sommerfest 2010, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.
 
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