Bach Society Houston presents "Bach Vespers: Music from Leipzig"
In Leipzig, one of Bach's principal duties was the performance of a sacred cantata at Sunday worship services. His theological sensitivity ensured that these extended works for voices and instruments were closely tied to the themes of each Sunday's gospel reading.
At this Bach Vespers, the cantatas are presented in an evening prayer service surrounded with many of the same elements that gave them context and meaning in their original setting. Choral motets, psalm settings, scripture readings and prayers are all chosen to give deeper insight to the listeners, who are also invited to sing and participate as Bach's congregation did.
The concerts includes: Bach's Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, Cantata BWV 105, Telemann's Ach Herr, straf mich nicht (Psalm 6), TWV 7:6, Mendelssohn's Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, MWV A7 and Mendelssohn's Sonata I in F Minor for organ, MVW W56.
Featured vocal soloists include Lauren Snouffer, soprano, and Kevin Ray, tenor, both members of Houston Grand Opera Studio and finalists of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Other soloists include Renee Rybolt, soprano; Rebecca Henderson, alto; Patrick Perez, tenor; and Jackson Felder, bass. Ken Cowan is the guest organist and Albert LeDoux is the director.