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Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn, BWV 152
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648
Fuga: sopra il Magnificat (á5), BWV 733
Dana Marsh, organist & conductor

Celebration: Christmas Oratorio

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
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J.S. Bach:
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

I. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage
II. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
V. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
VI. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben
None of Bach’s holiday music is better known or more beloved than the Christmas Oratorio. Compiled by Bach for Christmas celebrations in Leipzig in 1734-5, his narrative account of the Christmas story is placed within some of his most lavish and varied writing for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. With its thrilling passages for trumpets and timpani, gentle lullabies, dramatic arias, ornate instrumental solos, and rousing choruses, the Christmas Oratorio captures the full range of emotions associated with this joyous season.

Dana Marsh, Conductor

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “an energetic and persuasive conductor,” and by the New York Times as “a powerful and expressive countertenor” Dana Marsh has performed and recorded extensively worldwide. With a doctorate in historical musicology from the University of Oxford (UK), he has held tutorial positions and a fellowship at Oxford and Cambridge Universities respectively. In 2016, Marsh was appointed director of the Historical Performance Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Kate Vetter Cain, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto
Robert Petillo, tenor
Steven Combs, bass

Mary Ann Gardner, underwriter


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Founded in 1977 by the late J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort is a professional chorus and orchestra noted for its performances of 18th-Century music on period instruments. Its mission is to perform to the highest artistic standards the music of J.S. Bach and his Baroque contemporaries.