Thursday, June 3, 2010
Free Bach Cantata Recital Sunday at St. Stephens Church
Leslie Martin, Director of Music, at St. Stephens Church, sent us email wanting to let the community know about the free Bach Cantata Recital this Sunday, June 6, at 5pm at the church.
"We would love to have the community take advantage of this opportunity to hear great music performed by some of Seattle’s finest early music professionals in their own neighborhood," Leslie told us.
This is the last in their second annual series of four sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach,
“Lobe den Herren, den Mächtigen König der Ehren” (Praise to the Lord, the Mighty King of Honor, BWV 137) will be presented on Sunday.
The cantata will be performed on baroque period instruments, by local early music specialists: Brian Chin, Jay Scott and John Falskow – natural trumpet; Darlene Franz and Adam Shapiro – baroque oboe; Mark Goodenberger – timpani; Tekla Cunningham and Laura Martin – baroque violin, Stephen Creswell – baroque viola; Meg Brennand – baroque cello; Todd Gowers – Violone. Featured soloists are Emily Riesser, soprano; Diane Radabaugh, alto, Jeffrey Jordan, tenor, and Thomas Thompson, bass. Leslie Martin, Director of Music at St Stephen’s, will conduct from the Brombaugh continuo organ.
The cantata will be preceded by a lecture-demonstration in the main church from 4:30-4:50 PM, which will talk about the meaning of the cantata, as well as the symbolism used by Bach.
Other featured music includes:
• “Sonata in Ecco con tre Violini” (1629) by Biagio Marini
• “Magnificat and Nunc dimittis – Washington Service” by David Hogan, written for the choristers of Washington National Cathedral
This performance is part of the Church's Evensong program, offered the 2nd Sunday of each month, which is a chanted, lay-led service, and "has broad appeal to people of many different faiths. It provides an atmosphere in which to refresh the spirits and connect with the divine, through the hearing of scripture, and musical offerings of great beauty," Leslie says.
(photo courtesy of St. Stephen's website)