The Bach Festival: On the Pillars of Genius

October 13, 2017

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra, directed by David Jernigan, will present a collection of classical music from the Boroque Period.

The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach represents the culmination of the Baroque Period. His comprehensive knowledge of styles and nationalities of music leading up to his time have allowed his music to transcend language, geographical borders and time. "On the Pillars of Genius" is a two-part concert featuring music from some of the composers that Bach studied, performed and loved. During his tenure as Kantor at the Thomaskircher - his longest held position during which he wrote his five cantata cycles as well as all of his major vocal works - Bach purchased two volumes of Renaissance motets called the Florilegium Portense. The first half of the concert includes music from several composers in this collection, including Jacob Handl, G. Gabrieli, H. Preatorious and M. Vulpius, as well as works by Heinrich Schutz, Johann Kunau and Dietrich Buxtehude.

The second-half of the concert will feature works from the master himself in two of his most famous works, the expanded motet Jesu, mein freude, BWV 227 and Cantata 147, from which comes the choral "Jesu, joy of man's desiring." In between the two-halves will be a short reception to celebrate the opening of the 2017-2018 season.

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