Music of Bach and Handel

Friday, May 13, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with Concert Royal and soloists.
G.F. Handel's Italianate 'Dixit Domius' is paired with J.S. Bach's Cantatas 106 and 11, which expressively explore themes from death and the old law to paradise and the ascension. The Fifth Avenue doors open for this concert at 6:30pm.

Online ticketing for this evening’s performance is now closed. Tickets may be purchased at the Fifth Avenue entrace beginning at 6:30pm.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, countertenor Ian Howell has withdrawn from this program. Concerts at Saint Thomas is pleased to announce that alto Kirsten Sollek will sing in his place.

CANTATA 106 – J.S. BACH
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God’s time is the very best time) ‚Äì One of Bach’s earliest cantatas – a funeral cantata known as Actus Tragicus. Alfred D√ºrr called the piece ‘a work of genius such as even great masters seldom achieve‚ĶThe Actus Tragicus belongs to the great musical literature of the world’.

CANTATA 11 – J.S. BACH
Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Laud to God in all his kingdoms) known as the Ascension Oratorio follows the story of the Ascension as told in Luke, Mark and the Acts of the Apostles.

DIXIT DOMINUS – G.F. HANDEL
Handel’s setting of Psalm 110 (The Lord Said) composed in Rome in 1707 ‚Ķ ‘captures the flamboyant tension and precocious genius that must have struck the 22-year-old’s Roman patrons like a thunderbolt.’ Gramophone Magazine