Bach on Parade at St. James Place:
Voices, Strings and Keys

With Mendelssohn Glee Club
String Quartet and Soloists
Gene Wisoff, conductor

Saturday | May 20 | 7:30PM  

St. James Place
352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA  


The Berkshire Bach Society’s upcoming spring concert rolls out a musical parade of some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most beloved works, showcasing both choral and chamber works, and highlights the program with dramatic vocal, string and keyboard solos. The many dimensions of this program offer the listener the opportunity to marvel at the scope and depth of Bach’s genius.

Gene Wisoff, long-time conductor of The Mendelssohn Glee Club (founded 1866), acknowledges that while Felix Mendelssohn was born more than a century after Bach, the compelling reason for The Glee Club to engage in an (almost) all-Bach concert is the part Mendelssohn played in popularizing his music.  The younger composer studied the works of Bach as part of his musical education, and actively promoted him through his conducting career.  Beginning with the St. Matthew Passion in 1829, he sparked the revival of Bach’s music in Germany and eventually across Europe.  At the time, Mendelssohn was only 20 years old, but convinced of the importance of spreading awareness of Bach’s masterpieces that to him represented the pinnacle of musical art.

The musicians include 12 members of the Glee Club along with an international grouping of string players and soloists all under the lively baton of conductor Gene Wisoff.  

…. More information on the performers here. 


THE PROGRAM

J. S. Bach:

Air on the G string  (cello quartet)

Selections from Cello Suite No. 1  (cello solo)             

Bist Du Bei Mir J. S. Bach  (vocal solo with piano)

Bach Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827  (piano solo)  

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring BWV 147  (chorus &strings)   

Art of Fugue, Contrapuncti No. 1  (String ensemble)         

Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor  (piano solo)

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (alternate piano and string accompaniments, chorus and soloists)

Henry Purcell:

Catches and Canons  (chorus)


Reserve in Advance (click here)
$50 Preferred Seating | Advance reservations required
$35 General Seating | Tickets available at the door or in advance
$30 Berkshire Bach Members

Free for all Students with ID | Available at the door