Cantata Series

Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!,
BWV 70

Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 10.00am

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John Harbison, conductor

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Emmanuel Church

Cantata

Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70

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Motet

O vos omnes, Victoria

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Orchestra Performers

Violin I
Rose Drucker, leader
Lilit Hartunian
Yeolim Nam
Betsy Hinkle

Violin II
Sean Larkin
Susan Jensen
Randy Hiller

Viola
Joan Ellersick
Noriko Futagami

Cello
Sarah Freiberg

Bass
Joseph Higgins

Organ
Charles Sherman

Oboe

Peggy Pearson

Bassoon
Jensen Ling

Horn
Kenneth Piatt

Vocal Performers

Soprano
Corrine Byrne
Jessica Cooper
Elise Groves

Alto
Carrie Cheron
Elizabeth Eschen

Tenor
Matthew Anderson
Jonas Budris

Bass
David Kravitz
Will Prapestis

Cantata Reflection

In early December the church calendar brings into close encounter The End of the World and The Coming of the Saviour.  Bach’s Cantata 70 is a bulky, unruly often uncomfortable space embracing both.

A person experiencing this piece for the first time might profit by tracking the solo Trumpet, at the outset repeatedly announcing the Day of Doom with a rigid , heartless little fanfare, the re-emerging late in the cantata during a dramatic final bass recitative, bringing a chorale ("The Time has certainly arrived”) seldom referenced by Bach, here promising something like reassurance, a new order.  


John Harbison
Principal Guest Conductor
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