Toronto Bach Festival :: St John Passion BWV245 :: October 22 - November 3, 2007

Young Artists at Church of the Redeemer
The Rev. Andrew Asbil, Incumbent
John Campbell, Host and Music Director
Doreen Rao, Conductor

A Collaborative Concert Series
On Themes of Birth, Death and Deliverance

In collaboration with the Toronto Bach Festival and the new Master of Sacred Music Program at Victoria University, the city’s uniquely interactive October Bach Festival continues this year with a three-week celebration of intimate lecture-concerts, organ recitals, chamber music and Doreen Rao’s innovative Toronto Sings Bach, the popular audiences-with-artists Bach sing-along! The Festival’s on-going commitment to the music education of young artists and urban audiences, BACH IN THE CITY promises delightfully youthful, musically diverse and socially relevant programs that celebrate Bach in the church, Bach in concert and Bach in the city!


ON BIRTH

Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm              
BACH NUIT                                             
Church of the Redeemer

The University of Toronto MacMillan Singers celebrate new life in the performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Mendelssohn's Christus, op. 97, and Vom Himmel Hoch plus songs of rejoicing by John Burge, Arvo Part and Imant Raminsh
Tickets available through Faculty of Music Box Office (416-978-3744).


Sunday, October 19, 7pm         
BACH VESPERS                           
Church of the Redeemer

Cantata Nun Komm der Heiland Heiden BWV 61
Free Admission.


Wednesday, October 22, 6pm                
TORONTO SINGS BACH             
Church of the Redeemer

The audience-with-artists Bach sing-along actively engages participants in one-hour of music and theology singing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Part I, opening chorus and chorales.
Free Admission, donations accepted for chorale books.


ON DEATH

Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm               
BACH NUIT                             
Church of the Redeemer

The Bach Festival Singers portray themes of suffering, the commemoration of death and eternal rest through Bach’s Motet, BWV 226, Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, written for the burial ceremonies of Leipzig University Professor Johann Ernest paired with the French repertoire of Claude Vivier’s Erbarme dich and Maurice Durufle’s Requiem featuring Christopher Dawes, organ.
Tickets available at the door for suggested donation of $20.


Sunday, October 26,  7pm                     
TAIZE PRAYER                          
Church of the Redeemer

Bach in reflection and jazz
Free Admission.


Wednesday, October 29, 6pm                
TORONTO SINGS BACH          
Church of the Redeemer

The popular audience-with-artists Bach sing-along actively engages participants in one-hour of music and theology singing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Part II, opening chorus and chorales.
Free Admission, donations accepted for chorale books.

 

ON DELIVERANCE

Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm              
BACH NUIT                             
Church of the Redeemer

The Bach Festival Singers present Sanctus, the oldest portion of Bach’s B-Minor Mass, BWV 232 followed by the Dona Nobis Pacem and contrasted with Leonard Bernstein’s MASS setting of the same texts. Bach Nuit closes with Latvian composer Peteris Vask’s Dona Nobis Pacem.  
Tickets available at the door for suggested donation of $20.


Sunday, November 2, 7pm                    
COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS                          
Church of the Redeemer

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV, 244  Erbarme dich
Free Admission.


Wednesday, November 5, 6pm
               
TORONTO SINGS BACH          
Church of the Redeemer

The audience-with-artists Bach sing-along actively engages participants in one-hour of music and theology singing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, closing BACH IN THE CITY with Part II, closing chorus and chorales.
Free Admission, donations accepted for chorale books.