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Cantata BWV 74 on May 20

SUNDAY, MAY 20 AT 4:00 P.M.

Cantata BWV 74, Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten
Adagio from Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Motet BWV 230, Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden

The Chattanooga Bach Choir, David Long artistic director, concludes its 3rd Barnett & Company Cantata Series with an all-Bach program celebrating the first Sunday in Pentecost. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 p.m., at Christ Church Episcopal (663 Douglas Street, Chattanooga). Admission is $15; Students are free.

For this festive concert, the Bach Choir performs two works for chorus and orchestra: Cantata BWV 74, Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten (Whoever Loves Me, Will Keep My Word) and Motet BWV 230, Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Praise the Lord, All ye Nations). The program also includes a contrasting instrumental interlude: the Adagio from Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, performed by Hayden Daniel, a senior at Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences where he is concertmaster of the CSAS Symphonic Strings, as well as being a member of the CSO Youth Orchestra. The Bach Choir will be joined by guest soloists Cynthia Johnson, soprano; Rachel Walls, alto; James Harr, tenor; and Zachary Cavan, bass.

Artistic Director David Long notes, “Bach’s Cantata BWV 74 was written for Pentecost (aka Whitsunday), which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday (49 days) after Easter and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers. It was first performed in Leipzig on May 20, 1725, making our performance the 293rd anniversary. In Bach’s time, it was customary to celebrate major feast days with extra special, festive music. In this Cantata Bach pulls out all the stops with a large ensemble including SATB chorus, four soloists and an orchestra comprised of 2 oboes, oboe da caccia (English horn), 3 trumpets, timpani, organ and strings. The cantata’s text references the Gospel reading assigned for Pentecost Sunday, John 14:23-31 (Jesus’ address, ‘the Holy Spirit shall instruct you in all things’). Choruses open and close this cantata while the four sections for soloists express personal, individual responses to faith.”

Long continues, “Bach’s Motet BWV 230, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, draws its libretto from Psalm 117 (O Praise the Lord, all ye Nations). This is a joyful, virtuosic work for chorus and orchestra that ends with a jubilant alleluia continuing the celebratory feeling suitable for this festival day. As a contrast to these choral works, we are featuring the talented young violinist Hayden Daniel, performing the lyrical Adagio from the Sonata No. 1 for unaccompanied violin.”

The Chattanooga Bach Choir’s Barnett & Company Cantata Series explores J.S. Bach’s more than 200 cantatas written for every Sunday in the church year. In these hour-long concerts, conductor and music director David Long introduces each Cantata with a brief musical explanation placing each work in its liturgical context. All concerts take place at Christ Church Episcopal in Chattanooga at 4 p.m.

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