From the Artistic Director and Conductor
Dear Friends and Patrons,
Welcome to the Bach and Handel Chorale’s thirty second year of bringing the music of Bach, Handel and other masters to the greater northeastern Pennsylvania area and beyond. We have a wonderful lineup of performances for our 2015 – 2016 season. Our Christmas concerts are sure to delight concert attendees, as we usher in the expectation and arrival of Jesus, with Advent and Christmas music from all periods. There will be two concerts at our regular performance venue, in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located in historic downtown Jim Thorpe, and the chorale will also perform at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ringtown, PA as well as St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Trexlertown PA.
Our Passion/Easter Concert will see the chorale joined by the Festival Orchestra, performing two new Bach Cantata choruses, and the opening and closing choruses and chorale from the Bach St. John Passion. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Race Street, in Jim Thorpe, will be the venue for this very moving performance. Cantata BWV 190, is a reconstructed version of a cantata composed by Bach in which only the vocal lines and string part survived. We will be performing a reconstructed version by Masaaki Suzuki and his son, conductor and member of the Bach Collegium, Japan. This is said to be the closest reconstruction to what Bach very well may have had on paper. Cantata BWV 21 will also be performed for the first time by the Bach and Handel Chorale.