Bach Weekend

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Note that tickets are required for the March 10th
performance of the B Minor Mass, BWV 232: 

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The performances on March 8th and March 11th
are "come as you are, pay as you can."

All 2018 Bach Weekend concerts are presented at historic St. Anne’s Church, Church Circle, Annapolis, MD.

chulochnikova.jpgMarch 8th, 6:15 p.m.
Our "Bach Weekend" starts with a program called "Bach and the Violin," featuring violinist Tatiana Chulochnikova. During his tenure as director of the Leipzig Collegium Musicum from 1729 through at least 1741,
 J.S. Bach produced more than 500 two-hour weekly concerts. Repertoire for these concerts included the “newest kind of music,” especially works in an Italian style, and featured compositions for strings and harpsichord. Bach’s works for unaccompanied violin and violin with obbligato harpsichord, though not expressly written for those concerts, were almost certainly included on the programs. This concert explores influences on German string writing (the Rosary Sonatas of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber), as well as Bach's sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord and the famous Chaconne from the Partita in D Minor for unaccompanied violin. 
Note:  No tickets required.  This program is "come as you are, pay as you can." 

banner2.pngMarch 10th, 8 p.m.  [One night only. Tickets required.] 
Our Bach Weekend continues with Bach's monumental Mass in B minor, BWV 232. The Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will perform the work under the direction of J. Ernest Green. One of the crowning achievements in all of Western Civilization, Bach’s Mass in B minor is full of glorious music and musical puzzles that inspire and astonish both performers and listeners alike to this day! It really is as one performer described it – the Mount Everest of music. This is only the second time in history that this work has been performed by members of the Annapolis Chorale.  Please join us for this very special concert event.  Note: Seating at St. Anne’s is limited so  get your tickets early!  [Note that students attend free.] And with our free shuttle service from the Bladen Street Garage (located off Rowe Boulevard), patrons easily get from car to concert and back whatever the weather.
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MARISSEN-headshot.jpgPre-concert Talks: March 10th, 7:15 pm and March 11th, 2:15pm
Musicologist and author Michael Marissen will present some fascinating notes about the B Minor Mass at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 10th (just prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance).  He also will talk about Bach's "Confessional" theology relating to the chorales and structure of Bach’s stunning Clavier-Ubung III at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 11th (just prior to the 3:00 p.m. performance).  Michael Marissen is Daniel Underhill Professor, Emeritus, at Swarthmore College. He has also been visiting professor on the graduate faculties at Princeton and Penn. His many books include "Bach & God" (Oxford, 2016), "Tainted Glory in Handel's Messiah" (Yale, 2014), "Lutheranism, anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion" (Oxford, 1998), and "The Social and Religious Designs of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos" (Princeton, 1995). His essays have appeared in the Harvard Theological Review, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

ClavIII.pngMarch 11th, 3:00 p.m.
Our Bach Weekend concludes with the third part of the Clavier-Übung series (1739), which was Bach’s first published work for organ and beautifully captured his skill in composing for the instrument for which he was so famous.   On the title page of the first edition, 1739, Bach had the following engraved:  Third Part of the Clavier-Übung [“Keyboard Practice”], consisting of various preludes on the catechism and other hymns for the organ.  For music lovers, and especially for connoisseurs of such work, to refresh their spirits, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Court Composer, Capellmeister, and Directore Chori Musici in Leipzig.  Published by the Author.  In this volume, Bach organized chorales that outlined the German Missa (chorale settings of the Kyrie and Gloria) and the six precepts of Martin Luther’s “Lesser (Small) Catechism” (Ten Commandments, Creed, Prayer, Baptism, Confession, Communion – all six hymns used to represent these precepts are in Luther’s hymnbooks). These chorales are then framed by the grand Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, one of Bach’s most significant works of that genre.  Organist Lawrence Molinaro performs.
Note:  No tickets required.  This program is "come as you are, pay as you can."