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September 18, 6:00 pm:
Bach Vespers

September 18, 4:30 pm:
Illuminations with Christoph Wolff

October 9, 6:00 pm:
Chamber Music

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Season Opening: September 18, 2012

4:30 p.m. Illuminations with Dr. Christoph Wolff
6:00 p.m. Bach Vespers with the Bach Choir and Mercury Baroque

The Bach Society’s 30th anniversary season opens on September 18 at 6:00 pm with Bach Vespers. The program includes J.S. Bach’s cantata Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178, and choral works by Schütz and Rheinberger. The Bach Choir and Mercury Baroque, with soloists Rebecca Henderson, Patrick Perez, and Brendan Emig, are under the direction of Artistic Director Albert LeDoux. Guest organist Sigurd Øgaard will play Bach’s recently rediscovered fantasia for organ on Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält and the Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, BWV 534.

Christoph WolffThe Vespers will be preceded by a lecture at 4:30 pm by the eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff as part of the new Illuminations series. Dr. Wolff, Director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig and recently retired from Harvard University, will speak on New Beginnings for Sacred Music: Bach Arrives in Leipzig.

The Illuminations series is held in the parish hall of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Visitors may reserve a seat in the nave for Bach Vespers by visiting the hospitality table in the narthex before the start of the presentation. There is no admission charge for either event; a free-will offering will be accepted. Limited free parking is available on the lot west of Christ the King Church. Ample parking is available for $1.00 (credit card only) across the street at Rice University’s stadium parking lot on the southeast corner of Rice & Greenbriar.

Events are held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar

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