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Just Bach October Concert

Wed October 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Organist Mark Brampton Smith opens this program with a brief Fantasia on the melody of ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ (Christ lay in death’s bonds). That tune will reappear at the very end of the program, in the final chorale of Cantata 158.

The next piece on the program was also written for solo organ, but we’ll hear it in an arrangement for violin, viola, cello and organ. Bach wrote six organ trio sonatas, apparently for his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann. The C Minor Sonata, the second in the set, is full of fiery drama in the outer movements, framing a dreamy, peaceful Largo. Leanne League and Marika Fischer Hoyt will demonstrate how well the upper two voices in the piece sound on violin and viola, while cellist James Waldo doubles the bass line.

Baritone Paul Rowe will lead the chorale singalong, a beloved audience-participation feature of these programs.

The program closes with Cantata 158, ‘Der Friede sei mit dir’ (Peace be with you), with solo bass-baritone Jake Elfner. Elisheva Pront provides the luminous ‘cantus firmus’ in the second movement, which also features a beautiful violin solo played by Kangwon Kim. The Cantata ends with a chorale on the tune of ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden.’

Bring your lunch, bring your ears and your voice, bring a friend, but most of all bring yourself to this stirring program of J.S. Bach.

Free and open to the public, with a goodwill offering collected.

Other Just Bach concerts this fall, all Wednesdays at Noon:
Nov. 20, and Dec. 18.

Oct. 16 Program:
Organ Fantasia in E Minor BWV 718
Trio Sonata in C Minor BWV 526
Cantata 158 ‘Der Friede sei mit dir’

Jake Elfner, bass-baritone
Elisheva Pront, soprano
Kangwon Kim, violin
Leanne League, violin
Marika Fischer Hoyt, viola
James Waldo, cello
Mark Brampton Smith, organ


Wed October 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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Just Bach


Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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