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THE DESSOFF CHOIRS open Refracted Bach: Mid-Winter Festival

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Tuesday, January 31: Why Bach Matters
The festival’s opening lecture, entitled Why Bach Matters, will be given by George B. Stauffer, Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and author of numerous books on Bach, including J. S. Bach: The Mass in B Minor (Yale University Press). The lecture, sponsored, in part, by the Thiemann-Wicker Foundation, is intended to place Bach in an historical context and to frame the festival’s centerpiece, the Mass in B Minor.
Why Bach Matters
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 7:30pm
Liederkranz Concert Hall
6 East 87th Street, New York City
George B. Stauffer, lecturer
Tickets: $10-20; children 12 & under, free.  Order at or (212) 831-8224
Sponsored, in part, by the Thiemann-Wicker Foundation.
Friday, February 3: “Stile Antico”
Led by Christopher Shepard, “Stile Antico” is a concert of choral and instrumental works that explores how composers of many periods — including Bach himself — have been inspired by earlier styles of music. Bach arranged Palestrina’s Missa Sine Nomine a 6, two movements of which will be presented in this concert, alongside music by another Baroque master, Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki.  Also on the program are works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Reger, all of whom drew inspiration from Bach. The concert also features contemporary pieces: the American premiere of Tota Pulchra Es Maria by William Hawley (b. 1950); two works by Ingram Marshall (b. 1942): September Canons, a piece for solo violin inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, performed by Todd Reynolds, for whom the work was written, and Holy Ghosts for solo oboe d’amore, written for and performed by Libby Van Cleve; and Komm Jesu, Komm by Sven-David Sandström (b. 1942).
“Stile Antico”
Friday, February 3, 2012, 8:00pm
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Ninth Avenue & 59th Street, New York City
The Dessoff Choirs
Christopher Shepard, conductor
Libby Van Cleve, oboe d’amore
Todd Reynolds, violin
Palestrina (ARR. J.S. BACH)         Kyrie & Gloria from Missa Sine Nomine a 6 *
Gorczycki                                 Sub tuum praesidium *
Ingram Marshall                         Holy Ghosts (Libby Van Cleve, solo oboe d’amore)
William Hawley                          Tota Pulchra es Maria  (American premiere)
                                              Two Motets     
                                              O Magnum Mysterium
Ingram Marshall                         September Canons  (Todd Reynolds, solo violin)
Sven-David Sandström                Komm Jesu, Komm
Mendelssohn                             Warum toben die Heiden, Op 78 No. 1
Schumann                                Talismane, Op. 141, No. 4  *         
Reger                                       O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden           
* Chamber choir
Tickets: $15-35; children 12 & under, free. Order at or (212) 831-8224
Sponsored, in part, by Lisa M. Madsen, in remembrance of Russell & Esther Madsen and Cecil & Margaret Sprague
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