Bach marathon at St. Philip's features 'Two Days of Bach' | Arts & Culture
St. Philip's Friends of Music presents the 22nd annual Bach Marathon, “Bach: The Sacred Dance,” on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, located at the NE corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue.
On Saturday morning, March 2, beginning at 10 a.m., St. Philip's choirs, with soloists and chamber orchestra, under the baton of St. Philip's Director of Music Woosug Kang, perform two of the most well-known Bach cantatas. Cantata 140, “Wachet auf,” is beloved for its famous Advent chorale melody as well as for the marvelous invention of its orchestration, with elaborate and festive solos and duets. Cantata 12, “Weinen, Klagen,” for the Third Sunday of Easter, sets a more somber tone, with lyrical writing for the solo oboe and intense, chromatic writing in the opening chorus. The centerpiece of this work is an achingly beautiful aria for alto and oboe obbligato. Soloists include Elena Todd, Gina McCann, Doug Spurlin, Matthew Holter, Larry Alexander, and Arizeder Urreiztieta. Mr. Kang will also perform the masterful organ Prelude and Fugue in e minor.
At noon, enjoy a "Bach's lunch" hosted by members of St. Philip's St. Nicholas Choir in the beautiful gardens. You may order your "Bach's lunch" ($10) before the morning musical session begins and it will be ready for pick up at the lunch break.
On Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m., join us for an organ and harpsichord recital by one of North America’s premier performers of Baroque organ and harpsichord repertoire, Julia Brown. Ms. Brown will captivate us with "The Bach Legacy," repertoire spanning the Bach family, including Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and, of course, Johann Sebastian Bach. Ms. Brown, a native of Brazil, received her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from Northwestern University and is currently Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon. A reception follows the concert.
Admission to Saturday's event is by donation to St. Philip's Friends of Music (suggested donation $10 for the morning or afternoon session/$20 all day). The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events.
On Sunday March 3, First Sunday Music at both the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship services will be Cantata 12, “Weinen, Klagen,” presented in the context of the liturgy by St. Philip's Canterbury Choir, Canterbury Apprentices, St. Philip's Singers, and St. Nicholas Choir, with soloists and chamber orchestra. Julia Brown will also perform additional organ works by W.F. and J.S. Bach, as well as her mentor at Northwestern, Wolfgang Rübsam. A freewill offering will be collected.
All events will be held in the Church. St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot. The office phone number is 299-6421.