Foundation: Bach and the Reformation

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D, BWV 1069
Cantata: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76, Part 1
Cantata: Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79
Cantata: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80
The Consort opens its 40th season with a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation—a movement that ushered in a seismic shift in Western thought and shaped the culture in which Bach’s genius would flourish. The program features three of Bach’s “Reformation” cantatas, each one a gem in its own right. Taken together, they offer a fascinating glimpse into the range of Bach’s achievement as a composer of Lutheran sacred music. The grandest of Bach’s four orchestral suites, including some of the composer’s liveliest instrumental
music, rounds out this celebratory program.

Richard Giarusso, Conductor

Conductor, singer, and musicologist Richard Giarusso is artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia and the Georgetown Chorale in DC. He also serves as chair of the Department of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
Amy Nicole Broadbent, soprano
Chris Dudley, countertenor
Patrick Kilbride, tenor
Mark Duer, bass
Tamera Luzzatto & David Leiter and Shannon & James Davis, underwriters