2023 - 2024 Performance Season
Emmanuel Music is proud to announce its 2023–24 performance season, celebrating the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, and their lasting significance and influence. Across four major concerts, in addition to the continuing Cantata Series, winter Bach Institute intensive, Lenten Lindsey Chapel Series, and community outreach programs, Emmanuel Music boldly continues its mission of serving as a living laboratory for Bach, both in the Boston area and beyond. The pieces selected for this season by Artistic Director Ryan Turner, and the new motets commissioned by Emmanuel Music, highlight Bach’s impact on artists today.
The season opens with a rare opportunity to experience Bach across space and time, as renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs three keyboard concerti by Bach, Mozart, and Glass. In December, Emmanuel Music celebrates the holiday season with a performance of Britten's dramatic cantata on the legendary life of Saint Nicolas. In March, the ensemble performs one of the greatest masterpieces of Baroque music, the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach. And in June, Emmanuel Music sends off its ensemble to join BachFest Leipzig with a local program of four Bach cantatas, accompanied by newly commissioned motets.
Bach Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Mozart Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467
Glass Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Join us for a special evening of music as we explore the lasting influence of Johann Sebastian Bach. Following the resounding success of Emmanuel Music's collaboration with Simone Dinnerstein in June 2022, we are delighted to welcome her back to present these three keyboard concerti by Bach, Mozart, and Glass with visual counterpoint in the form of an abstract video journey by artist Laurie Olinder. We will trace the ways in which Bach's music has influenced and been interpreted in dialogue with other composers across space and time.
Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052, is a soaring and majestic work that showcases the composer's mastery of counterpoint. Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467, is a sparkling and elegant work that regularly delights audiences of all ages. A rare treat, Philip Glass' Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is a seldom-performed work based on traditional Austrian folk music, Volkslied.
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.View Cantata Schedule
Britten Saint Nicolas, op. 42 - Charles Blandy, Nicolas
Bach Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65
Woody as thou on snow - Commissioned motet premiere
Join Emmanuel Music, along with Cambridge Common Voices and the Boston Children's Choir, for an opulent celebration of the holiday season, centered around Benjamin Britten’s dramatic cantata, inspired by Saint Nicolas’ legendary care for the poor and oppressed. Set against the lush horns and arias of Bach’s Epiphanytide cantata, Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65, we link holiday traditions old and new with a newly commissioned motet by Jonathan Woody, inspired by its accompanying program.
During the BI January Intensive we invite a group of auditioned talented young musicians for a 10-day exploration of Bach's marvelous cantata repertoire, including 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.
Reserve Your Seat
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 present the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin of J. S. Bach performed by six extraordinary Boston violinists. Experience the architectural beauty and intimate acoustics of one of the most beautiful Lady Chapels in the country.
Bach St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Jonas Budris, Evangelist
David McFerrin, Jesus
with St. Paul's Choir School
Emmanuel Music presents Bach’s towering masterpiece, considered by some to be the greatest achievement in Western music: the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244. Profoundly beautiful, dramatic, and compelling, the Matthew Passion expresses our human condition and our capacity for hate, love, and transcendence like no other work.
A Bachfest Leipzig Sendoff Concert
Bach Was frag ich nach der Welt, BWV 94
Epstein commissioned prelude motet
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
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.