Cantata 8, Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben (Dearest God, When Shall I Die?) was composed in 1724 and performed at the Sunday service at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig on September 24. The opening chorus and closing chorale are based on a beautiful hymn melody by Daniel Vetter, one of Bach’s predecessors in Leipzig. The work features SATB soloists and lovely oboe d’amore and virtuosic flute solos.

Colorado Bach Ensemble’s “Cantata Insights Series” gives audiences an opportunity to learn more about Bach’s many cantatas. In these popular and educational concerts, Artistic Director James Kim has a special way of explaining what he knows, drawing you into the wonders of Bach’s music. After James gives his insights on a “guided tour” through the cantata, the ensemble performs the work in its entirety, giving the audience a fresh perspective of one of Bach’s magnificent works.