BACH’S WORK WEEK – THE SUNDAY CANTATA
The opening concert of last year’s festival included orchestral concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, displaying his masterful and inventive use of a small group of instruments. This summer’s concert follows a similar plan but reveals the craft and the imagination and the spiritual dimensions of the work that was expected of him every week: a new cantata for the Sunday service.
We have chosen a variety of cantatas to showcase Bach’s regular work, which many agree represents the pinnacle of achievement in music for the church. A fine chamber orchestra, a fine chamber choir, and four superb vocal soloists will present you a varied
and color-filled concert of the sort of music Bach produced on a weekly basis: several cantatas, two joyously cheerful duets, and a Bach favorite that we’ll invite you to sing (Jesu, joy of man’s desiring).
$5 suggested donation per concert; no tickets required
AN EARLY MUSIC CONCERT:
THE COUNTERTENOR VOICE AND THE RECORDER
Over the past years, we have had requests for concerts of early music. This is such a concert, and one that will be memorable for the musical fireworks for soloists, orchestra, and choir. You will hear showy works by Antonio Vivaldi and Leonardo Vinci – a Vivaldi
cantata and Vinci arias for countertenor, and a Vivaldi concerto and a Vinci concerto for recorder. Music by Georg Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Johann Christian Bach, and José de Nebra fills out the program, much of it featuring the countertenor.
Two primary soloists are of particular interest. The countertenor is Nathan Medley, a Harrisonburg High School graduate, who has achieved an international reputation. Joining him for the concert are members of the Harrisonburg High School Choir (Beth Houff, director) and Tommy Tutwiler, long-time Harrisonburg resident and Medley’s high school choral director.
The second soloist is Charlottesville resident Nancy Garlick, recorder player, who, after retiring from a career of clarinet playing and teaching, took up the recorder and has amassed a formidable collection of instruments and developed a virtuosic technical skill with the instrument(s).
The Plow That Broke the Plains
Alberto Ginastera (in honor of the centennial of his birth)
Leipzig Service, Sun., June 19, 10 a.m.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170
Nathan Medley, countertenor
Festival Orchestra and Choir
Marvin Mills, organ
Rev. Brett Davis, homilist
freewill offerings welcome; no tickets required
Programs and artists are subject to change without notice.