New Year's Eve with J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel: A Historically-Informed Performance to Greet the New Year
The Choral Arts Philadelphia tradition of giving a New Year’s Eve concert was born in December 2014, thanks to the resounding success of that year’s experiment with Bach’s rarely heard complete Christmas Oratorio.
This year, Choral Arts will present two masterpieces of the Baroque era.
J.S. Bach’s Magnificat
We will perform one of Bach's most popular vocal works with the Christmas hymn "interpolations" (laudes) that composer originally included for Magnificat's first Christmas performance in Leipzig in 1723.
During Bach's time In Leipzig, Magnificat became a regular part of Sunday services, sung in German on ordinary Sundays but more elaborately, and in Latin, on the high holidays (such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost).
Handel’s Coronation Anthems
One of the last acts of King George I before his death in 1727 was to sign "An Act for the naturalizing of George Frederic Handel and others." Handel's first commission as a naturalized British citizen was to write the music for the coronation later that year. The four anthems Handel composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline on 11 October 1727 have never lacked popular favour. They were repeatedly performed at concerts and festivals during his life and since, and he incorporated substantial parts of them, with little change except to the words, in several oratorios, notably Esther and Deborah.
The forces that he used were substantial for the time period: an augmented Chapel Royal Choir of 47 voices and an orchestra that may have numbered as many as 160 instruments. The chorus is divided from time to time into 6 or 7 parts (the tenors remain united) and a large body of strings includes three (not the usual two) violin parts.
Magnificat, BWV 243.1
1. Zadok the Priest
2. The King shall rejoice
3. Let thy hand be strengthened
4. My heart is inditing
Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703): Motet Meine Freundin, Du bist schön
J.S. Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D Minor
J.S. Bach: Wedding Cantata 196 Der Herr denket an uns
With the Core Singers of Choral Arts and The Bach Collegium
Voices from the North ~ Chamber Works from Germany, Denmark, and Sweden with Philadelphia Bach Collegium
Chamber program with Philadelphia Bach Collegium, a chamber ensemble of period instruments, resident of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia., entitled:
"Voices from the North ~ Chamber Works from Germany, Denmark, and Sweden"
A program of French chamber music with focus on the harpsichord in its role as soloist and accompanist. Music by Rameau, F. Couperin, Marais and others.
Geoffrey Burgess, baroque oboe
Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba
Leon Schelhase, harpsichord
Our recently established tradition of a New Year’s Eve celebration continues!
Join us for the only performance in Philadelphia honoring Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday with his breathtaking and revolutionary Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610). Be transported into the soaring strains of solemn vespers as Venetians would have in 1610 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Mark.
For this performance, we are joined by the members of Dark Horse Consort, an ensemble dedicated to the brass music of the early 17th century.
The splendor of Monteverdi’s dazzling instrumental writing will be revealed as the Vespers floods the mind and heart with music ranging from intimate love songs to rapturously grand double chorus settings.
$30 General Admission
$10 Students (with ID)
As of December 1, 2017:
$45 General Admission
$15 Students (with ID)
"The Reformation: Influence and Inspiration"
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild
David Carpenter: A Love So Still, a World Premiere
Sacred choral works from XVI-XX centuries
shaped by the Lutheran Reformation