Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Emmanuel Church, Boston
Why listen to a Bach cantata?
Join us for a behind the scenes look and listen as some of Boston’s finest musicians, The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music, prepares Bach Cantata BWV 103, Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, conducted by Artistic Director Ryan Turner. The audience will hear the rehearsal for the following day's performance and observe the process, and techniques that enable Emmanuel Music to present the weekly Bach Cantata Series. Emmanuel Music has been performing Bach cantatas in a traditional liturgical setting since its late founder Craig Smith began the tradition in 1970. Emmanuel Music was the first organization in the U.S. to complete the performance of Bach’s 200 known cantatas in a church setting. This is a tradition that continues to this day.
American theatre director Peter Sellars recalled when he first experienced the Cantata Series.
I really was adopted when I was 21 by a group of musicians in Boston at Emmanuel Church. . . Bach was something that was ongoing every single week. What was beautiful for me was I grew up like everybody with Glen Gould, and with this idea that Bach was this great abstract composer, and it was Emmanuel [that] you got ‘this music is not abstract at all… It is totally with these words about “Lived experience” and it is not a stylistic question. It is a question of truly engaging people’s lives.
Emmanuel Music’s core is Johann Sebastian Bach and his cantatas. The ensemble performs a cantata, each week, during the academic season. It is unusual to see other ensembles that perform together so often and in such an immersive way. The cantatas at Emmanuel Music are performed on modern instruments which gives a different sound than the works performed on period instruments which is a standard practice today.
After the rehearsal, there will be an informal talkback.
Photo: Artistic Director Ryan Turner conducts Mendelssohn's Lauda Sion, op. 73 on November 20, 2016
This program is part of ArtWeek Boston, a collection of curated events and experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment in Boston.