So, what exactly is the meaning of “Bach Chorale”? Well, originally it means a short piece of music, sung in four parts (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass). If you hear a hymn in church, sung in harmony, that’s pretty much what is referred to as a chorale. Johann Sebastian Bach, the great composer, wrote hundreds of chorales, and they are typically found in his cantatas and many other works. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the term also has a different, very special meaning: We are a select group of enthusiastic singers who perform choral works, mostly by European composers from four or five centuries. J. S. Bach, our namesake, is our focal point, but we also sing music of a great variety of different styles. Some of our concerts involve vocal and instrumental soloists. There are numerous marvelous singers in the Grand Rapids area, and some of them are active Bach Chorale members. Others may be voice instructors at one of the local colleges, and we greatly enjoy engaging them … [Read more...] about Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids in concert November 4
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Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo and Albany Pro Musica Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo and Albany Pro Musica Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo and Albany Pro Musica Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo and Albany Pro Musica Festival confirms always something to discover in Bach 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The music of J.S. Bach often serves as a touchstone in the careers of musicians. First off, Bach is foundational stuff when it comes to learning the essentials of Western harmony and form. His music can also be a testing ground and benchmark for early career achievement. Later in life it becomes a means of checking on one's progress, wisdom and insights. Recently two classical music superstars decided to revisit Bach. The newest disc from violinist Hilary Hahn, 38, is her first recording of the composer since she made her debut 21 years ago. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, 63, has just released his third recording … [Read more...] about Festival confirms always something to discover in Bach
The Chattanooga Bach Choir, David Long artistic director and conductor, presents its 4th annual Barnett & Company Cantata Series, featuring four Sunday afternoon concerts focusing on J.S. Bach’s choral works chosen for the particular Sunday in the liturgical calendar. All concerts take places at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 663 Douglas St. in Chattanooga. Series subscriptions (three concerts) are $45. Single tickets are $20. Students are free. For more information, visit www.chattanoogabachchoir.org. In this Cantata, Bach uses the hymn melody for the opening chorus, weaving intricate vocal lines through counterpoint and imitation to heighten the emotional anguish in the words. In all his vocal writing, Bach treats his singers as instrumentalists, giving them demanding parts. The middle movements for solo voices and instruments offer commentary on the penitential theme alternating between heartfelt expressions of hope … [Read more...] about The Chattanooga Bach Choir Presents Barnett And Company Cantata Series Sunday
A federal court has dealt a blow to gun rights groups by ruling Gov. Phil Murphy's ban on 15-round magazines doesn't violate the Constitution. The group that challenged the 10-round magazine limit on firearms in the state already filed their appeal Monday night and vowed to fight the law to the Supreme Court. The group, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, challenged the new law in court within an hour after Murphy signed the legislation in June. The measure gives gun owners until early December to sell, modify, destroy or turn over to the police their any gun magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. "It turns a million people into criminals with the stroke of a pen," Scott Bach, the group's executive director, said Monday night. Murphy vows N.J. will be 'a leader in the fight' for gun control New Jersey State Police State does not say how many gun permits there are in the state. But groups like Bach's estimate there are 1 million people in the … [Read more...] about N.J.’s ban on large magazines is constitutional, court rules. Gun groups vow to appeal.
After the most tumultuous year in its history, the Oregon Bach Festival returns — its internationally acclaimed artistic director fired, its reputation tarnished by his mysterious dismissal and its parent University of Oregon’s botched, secretive handling of the whole situation and its schedule diminished. Yet the nearly half-century-old institution, one of Oregon’s artistic treasures, somehow endures despite the turmoil. This year’s edition, which opens Friday, notably includes a pair of most-welcome contemporary works by major American composers. “Executive Director Janelle McCoy is responsible for bringing [Richard Danielpour’s] The Passion of Yeshua and Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto No.3 featuring Simone Dinnerstein to Eugene,” wrote festival director of Marketing and Communications Josh Gren in an email. “The rest of the Festival was programmed by an artistic advisory committee, led by UO School of … [Read more...] about Bach in Business