Cantata BWV 81

Date: Jan 29, 2017  |  Time: 4:00 pm


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J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 81, Jesus Schläft, Was Soll Ich Hoffen
G.P. Telemann: Laudate Jehovam, Omnes Gentes (Psalm 117)

The Chattanooga Bach Choir, under the direction of David Long, continues its 2016-17 Barnett & Company Cantata Series, on Sunday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m., at Christ Church-Episcopal (663 Douglas Street, Chattanooga). There is a suggested donation of $15 at the door; students are free.

The program features Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata, BWV 81, Jesus Schläft, Was Soll Ich Hoffen? (Jesus sleeps, is hope now fading?) and Georg Philipp Telemann’s motet, Laudate Jehovam, Omnes Gentes (O Praise the Lord, All ye Nations) (Psalm 117). The Bach Choir’s organist Karla Fowkes performs Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (I will not forsake the Lord) from the Leipzig Chorales, BWV 658. Joining the Bach Choir are guest soloists: Andrea Dismukes, alto; Mark Laseter, tenor; and Zachary James Cavan, bass.

David Long, artistic director notes: “Both of these works were written for the Epiphany season. Bach’s cantata 81 was written for the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, the same day in the church year as our concert. It is inspired from the gospel of Matthew 8:23-27, the story of Jesus sleeping in the boat, who after being awakened by his fearful disciples, calms the storm and waves. Bach depicts the crashing waves and storm through some incredibly dramatic music performed by the tenor soloist and the violins. 2017 marks the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), the prolific Baroque composer and godfather to Bach’s second son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, who became a noted composer himself. In honor of this anniversary we will perform his setting of Psalm 117, Laudate Jehovam, Omnes Gentes (O Praise the Lord, All ye Nations), for choir and string instruments.

The Barnett & Company Cantata Series continues with cantatas composed for the Easter season: BWV 104 Du Hirte Israel, Höre (O shield of Israel, hear us) on April 30, 2017, and BWV 86 Wahrlich, Wahrlich, Ich Sage Euch (Truly, truly I say to you) on May 21, 2017. These concerts take place at Christ Episcopal Church (663 Douglas Street).