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Vespers and Bach Cantata

As Cantor for St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Johann Sebastian Bach was responsible for overseeing all the music in all the churches in that city. Part of that responsibility included composing, rehearsing, and performing a multi-movement vocal, or choral work to be included in worship at St. Thomas every week. This “Cantata” was also sometimes presented in the afternoon at St. Nicholas Church. Bach wrote over 300 of these Cantatas, numbered by cataloguers of his work by BWV numbers. Trinity will be hosting the Peregrine Consort, directed by Paul Carlson, to offer Cantata BWV 199 Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut in the context of a simple Vespers Service at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 18. In this Cantata written for solo soprano, the singer moves from intense grief to a spirit of celebration in God’s Love. In addition to BWV 199, Soprano Thea Lobo will sing a setting of the song of Mary, Magnificat, by Heinrich Schütz. The consort will play for Prelude, a Sonata by Henry Purcell, and as Postlude, Allegro from Concerto in G Minor op. 9, no. 8, by Thomaso Albinoni. Other personnel in the Peregrine Consort include: Fiona Last, oboe; Julie Leven & Asako Takeuchi, violin; Anne Black, viola & Personnel Manager; Sarah Freiberg, cello; Andrew Arceci, violone; and Sally Merriman, bassoon. Our Rector, Nancy J. Hagner will officiate the Vespers Liturgy, and Robert Barney, Director of Music, will play the organ, leading the congregation in hymns. The service is open to the public with a free-will offering.

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