Season Announcement

2024– 2025 Performance Season

Cantata Series
10.00am, Emmanuel Church

Inspiring artistry and captivating experiences through the lens of Bach

An Overview of your Impact

Our mission

Emmanuel Music engages with audiences and musicians to explore the enduring questions of our shared human experience, building on our core commitment to the music of J.S. Bach.

Upcoming - 2024-25 Season

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Vocal Chamber Music:
Songs of Lost Innocence

Oct. 20, 2024, 4.00 pm

works for string quartet and voice

featuring Heidi Braun-Hill & Heather Braun-Bakken, violin | Mark Berger, viola | Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello

Samuel Barber      Dover Beach
Will Prapestis, baritone

Elena Ruehr       Song of the Silkie
                               Second String Quartet
Will Prapestis, baritone

Florence Price         Sympathy
Clara Schumann    Drei Lieder
Katherine Maysek, mezzo-soprano

Kaija Saariaho        Prospero’s Vision
Omar Najmi          The Comet at Yell'ham
Omar Najmi, tenor

Fauré           La Bonne Chanson
Carley DeFranco, soprano | Leslie Amper, piano
A performance of the cantata series

Cantata Series

Sept 22, 2024 - May 11, 2025

Sundays at 10am at Emmanuel Church

The core of our founding, Emmanuel Music presents a different cantata each Sunday, typically by J.S. Bach, as part of the worship service at Emmanuel Church. All are welcome to attend the church service which starts at 10:00am, and/or the cantata presentation which usually begins around 11:00am.
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Christmas at Emmanuel

December 15, 2024, 4.00 pm

In collaboration with Project Step

J.S .Bach       Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 91

Evan Williams  Little Mass for Christmas (NewEngland premiere)                         Sam Higgins, countertenor

J.S. Bach       Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
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A performance at the Bach Institute

The Bach Institute Winter Intensive: Bach and Society

Featuring special guest
Vijay Gupta, violin

January 8 - 19, 2025
Emmanuel Church

The Bach Institute January 2025 Intensive takes an important leap forward with its proposed focus on "Bach and Society." Inspired by our featured faculty guest artist, violinist Vijay Gupta, the Institute seeks to engage members of Emmanuel and Boston's wider community by exploring the message in Bach's music and its power to challenge and transform our lives. Bach's cantatas speak vividly and poignantly about the human condition; our aspirations, our failings, and how to create a right relationship to God and to our neighbor. This year's Bach Institute will explore how a just society might work from the perspective of the cantata literature.

During the BI January Intensive we invite a group of talented young musicians for a 12-day exploration of Bach's marvelous cantata repertoire, including performances, lectures, masterclasses, open rehearsals, and stimulating conversations. Bach's music is fully alive at Emmanuel Music; come watch us play in our living laboratory, testing and examining sound, text, and structure to discover the underlying messages in the music.
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A performance at the Lindsey Chapel

Lindsey Chapel Series

March 6 - April  10, 2025

Bach Six English Suites for Keyboard, BWV 806-811

Emmanuel Church

Our popular Lindsey Chapel Series provides free performances by solo musicians and small ensembles from 12:00–1:00pm on Thursdays, both in-person and streaming live, throughout Lent. This year we will present the complete Bach English Suites for keyboard, featuring six brilliant performers.  Experience the architectural beauty and intimate acoustics of one of the most beautiful Lady Chapels in the country.
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Mass in B Minor

May 3, 2025, 7.30 pm

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An Overview of your impact

We couldn’t be more delighted to celebrate with you, all of Emmanuel Music’s artistry and programming, both innovative and traditional, as we prepare to enter our 54th season.

We hope the below brochure will demonstrate how innovation meets tradition at Emmanuel Music; how we uphold our artistic legacy while embracing the tools and needs of our current moment.

As Emmanuel Music’s programs are 75% funded by individual philanthropy, none of this would be possible without your support in any amount.

Emmanuel Music Brochure featuring Ryan Turner

An essential destination for Bach performance and scholarship, Emmanuel Music offers inspiring artistry and experiences—welcoming both the seasoned listener and the newly curious—and exuberantly fulfills a vital and unique role in both the Boston and global cultural landscape.

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A Living Laboratory for the Music of J. S. Bach

The Bach Institute, now stretched across the entire performance season, is designed to be open and inclusive, providing access to learning about Bach's music and engaging in participatory activities designed for music professionals, aficionados, amateurs, and the public.

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How you can help us
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With your support, Emmanuel Music provides inspiring experiences for listeners from all walks of life and nurtures a warm, vital community that shares the love of extraordinary music.

Enriching the cultural life of Boston and the musical world at large.

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With your support, Emmanuel Music provides inspiring experiences for listeners from all walks of life and nurtures a warm, vital community that shares the love of extraordinary music—enriching the cultural life of Boston and the musical world at large.

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