Bachfest in Boston

a Bachfest Leipzig Sendoff Concert

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 7.00 pm

Ryan Turner, conductor

Emmanuel Church


Bach       Was frag ich nach der Welt, BWV 94

Epstein     commissioned prelude motet Prayer [Was frag ich nach der Welt/Hine Ma Tov Umanayim]

Bach     Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101

Harbison  commissioned prelude motet Fadensonnen

Bach      Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, BWV 113

Ruehr       commissioned prelude motet Your Healing Word  

Bach      Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren, BWV 137

Wallen   commissioned prelude motet TBD

Emmanuel Music goes to Leipzig! We’re deeply honored to have been invited to participate in this global celebration of Bach, and wish we could take all our Boston friends with us. Before we head to BachFest in Germany, we want to share the experience of BachFest — with some added benefits — for our local audience. Experience our program of four Bach cantatas, accompanied by newly commissioned motets inspired by each of the Bach works. Emmanuel Music continues our mission of serving as a living laboratory of Bach, both at home and abroad.

Bach-toberfest poster

Join Us for Bach-toberfest!

June 5, 2024 | 5:00pm | Emmanuel Church

It's Bach-toberfest in June! Join us in this special, light-hearted fundraiser as we wish our musicians bon voyage on their journey to Bachfest Leipzig. Taking place immediately before our Bachfest in Boston concert, just one day before boarding a plane to Germany, this event is designed to bring the spirit of Bachfest and Leipzig to our Boston community.

Bach-toberfest will feature a signature beer, German food vendors, a raffle, and other celebratory elements. Stay tuned for more information as we near June.

Composers & Soloists

A photo of Marti Epstein

Marti Epstein, 

Marti Epstein (November 25, 1959) started studying composition in 1977 with Professor Robert Beadell at the University of Nebraska...

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A photo of John Harbison

John Harbison,

Six symphonies, twelve concerti, a ballet, five string quartets, three operas, and numerous song cycles and chamber works...

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A photo of Elena Ruehr

Elena Ruehr,

Currently composer in residence with the Lincoln Symphony, she has a major list of recordings including her orchestral works...

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A photo of Errollyn Wallen

Errollyn Wallen,

Errollyn Wallen is a multi award-winning Belize-born British composer and performer.

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Christoph Wolff discusses Bach

Distinguished Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, Adams University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, presents a talk on the four cantatas Emmanuel Music will perform at Bachfest Leipzig this June.  Prof. Wolff will illuminate Bach’s compositional approaches, share his insights, and deepen our appreciation of this four marvelous works from the second Jahrgang - part of the overall Chorale Cantata festival at this year’s Bachfest!

Sunday, May 5, 1 pm - Music Room
Christoph Wolff discusses BWV 94, BWV 101, BWV 113, and BWV 137 - the four cantatas Emmanuel Music will perform at Bachfest Leipzig