Colorado Bach Ensemble Announces 2017-2018 Season
Highlights Include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B-Minor Mass, and Cantatas #12 and #80
DENVER, Colo., [May 22, 2017] – Colorado Bach Ensemble launches its sixth season of exploring and interpreting the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The ensemble continues to create a new conversation around the distinctive yet varied musical style of Bach. The season will kick off with a Meet & Greet on September 24. Concerts in the 2017-2018 season are October 27 and 29; December 16 and 17; March 18; and May 18 and 20. The ensemble’s two major productions will be the complete Handel’s Messiah and B-Minor Mass, which is considered to be Bach’s magnum opus. As part of their Cantata Insights Series, they will also perform Cantata #80, A Mighty Fortress is our God, marking the 500th anniversary of Lutheran Reformation, and Cantata #12, Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing.
Tickets for Messiah and B-Minor Mass are $35 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets for the Cantata Insights Series concerts are $10 for general admission. Purchase tickets online at coloradobach.org or at the door. For more information, call 303.758.2820, visit coloradobach.org or connect via Facebook.
About the Colorado Bach Ensemble:
The Colorado Bach Ensemble is a group of professional musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries with a special focus on Bach’s vocal masterpieces. Under the guidance of its founding artistic director, James Kim, the Colorado Bach Ensemble’s mission is to: present historically informed and culturally relevant performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and other classical composers to the highest professional standard, with an emphasis on vocal works, and expand our audience and cultivate a deep appreciation of J.S. Bach through concerts, lectures, and educational programming. The ensemble has earned rave reviews for their ability to provide a rare glimpse inside the mind of Bach during their performances. The musicians work in tandem to elevate the music of Bach for audiences around the world.
James Kim, Artistic Director, Colorado Bach Ensemble
“While most of Bach’s vocal music was written for the Lutheran congregants, his music speaks to all humankind on various levels. His legacy is not limited only to those who share the same Protestant faith, but it is a gift to us all. I’m excited to open the season with a cantata based on the most famous Lutheran chorale tune, A Mighty Fortress is our God, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Lutheran Reformation. It’s especially exciting to conclude our season with Bach’s most universal magnum opus, B-Minor Mass.”
Full Season Schedule:
Cantata Insights Series: Cantata #80; Ein feste Burg is unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is our God)
October 27, 2017, at 6:00 PM (Plymouth Congregational Church, Ft. Collins)
October 29, 2017, at 6:00 PM (Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village)
One of Bach’s best-known cantatas, #80 was written for the Reformation Day in Leipzig and was based on Martin Luther’s most famous hymn, Ein feste Burg is unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is Our God). Join us to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Lutheran Reformation by experiencing what is considered to be one of the longest and most complex first movements in Bach’s cantatas.
A Holiday Classic: Handel’s Messiah HWV 56; COMPLETE, UNABRIDGED WATKINS-SHAW EDITION
December 16, 2017, at 4:00 PM (Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, Ft. Collins)
December 17, 2017, at 4:00 PM (Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village)
Experience Handel’s Messiah in its entirety with a professional chorus/orchestra and some of the best baroque soloists in the country. We are proud to continue offering the tradition to Coloradans in the holiday season. Messiah, composed by George Frederic Handel, is arguably one of the most celebrated oratorios of all time. Join us for the sheer beauty of Messiah’s stunning crescendos and the familiar chorus that will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
Soloists: Nola Richardson, soprano; Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano; Gene Stenger, tenor; Andrew Garland, bass-baritone
Cantata Insights Series: Cantata #12; Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing)
March 18, 2018, at 6:00 PM (Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village)
One of Bach’s early cantatas, #12 was written in 1714 when he was in Weimar acting as the appointed court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. The title of this cantata reflects on the sorrow one felt after the crucifixion, but Bach expresses his faith in God’s purpose to alleviate the pain. A remarkably beautiful cantata, we’re excited to be performing this just weeks before Easter.
Magnum Opus: Bach’s B-Minor Mass
May 18, 2018, at 7:30 PM (Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village)
May 20, 2018, at 4:00 PM (Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, Ft. Collins)
It is with great pleasure that Colorado Bach Ensemble performs Bach’s B-Minor Mass, the piece that they played to launch their inaugural season in 2012. Although this sublime work is considered to be Bach’s magnum opus or greatest achievement, there is no official record of it being performed in its entirety during the composer’s lifetime. He composed the first two movements in 1733, but it wasn’t until just before his death that Bach expanded it into a complete Mass setting. Join us to experience this extraordinary and universal music.
Soloists: Clara Rottsolk, soprano; Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano; Derek Chester, tenor; Sumner Thompson, bass-baritone
Colorado Bach Ensemble
James Kim, Founder/Artistic Director