Join us for a season exploring the range of Bach’s masterworks, from unaccompanied strings to our weekly cantatas, to large-scale oratorios—music that’s both exuberant and profound. We’ll also celebrate our 50th anniversary with musical storytelling in Folktales and Myths, our chamber festival featuring the premiere of Julian Grant’s fun, lighthearted Salt, a modern-day cantata.
October 23 & 24, 2021
Our yearly Chamber Music Festival takes on the enchanting theme of Folktales & Myths, exploring storytelling through classical music. Featuring compositions by living composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Julian Grant, and John Harbison, along with pieces by Bach, this two day chamber festival continues the long tradition of using music as a tool for passing down myths and folktales throughout time.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
The Chorus and Orchestra of Emmanuel Music return joyfully for celebratory music from Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig (1723). The perennial favorite, Bach’s Magnificat, is paired with the rarely performed Cantata, BWV 63. Bach brings to life the humble mystery and joy of the season, juxtaposing music both virtuosically dazzling and inwardly poignant.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Emmanuel Music continues its tradition of exploring Bach’s most challenging and controversial works. This highly charged rendering of the Gospel of John is presented on the heels of conversations and lectures that engage with its troubling text—revealing this masterpiece of searing real-time drama and deeply felt emotion as absolutely essential listening.
The students of the Bach Institute Winter Intensive present a complete Bach cantata and selected obligato arias as the culmination of their immersive study.