PERFORMANCE

Bach Interactions: A Dynamic Performance & Learning Experience

About the Series

Nine virtual programs offer some of the finest works in the cantata and oratorio repertory. You’ll enjoy the Washington Bach Consort as you’ve never heard them before, but you’ll also gain revelations and insights into the music itself coming from our two resident Bach scholars, Michael Marissen and Daniel R. Melamed. Supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the J. Reilly Lewis Legacy Fund, Bach Interactions is a new digital concert experience offering the expressive heights of Bach’s musical language as well as the story behind its creation.

The series features three renowned cantatas, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131, and Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61, followed by all six parts of Bach’s beloved Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248.  Each part will be presented on its intended day of liturgical observance, over the twelve days of Christmas to the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6).

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Christmas Oratorio

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Christmas Oratorio
Part I: The First Day of Christmas


Friday, December 25, 2020 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

Johann Sebastian Bach
Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage, BWV 248/I

Soloists:

Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury
alto

Gregório Taniguchi
tenor (Evangelist)

Steven Combs
bass

Josh Cohen
trumpet

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Vocalists:
Amy Broadbent Margot Rood, sopranos; Roger O. Isaacs & Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury* altos; Jacob Perry, Jr. & Gregório Taniguchi*, tenors; Steven Combs*, & Jason Widney, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Colin St-Martin & Kathryn Roth, flutes; Geoffrey Burgess & Margaret Owens, oboes & oboes d’amore; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Josh Cohen*, Joelle Monroe Dennis Anthony Ferry, trumpets; Michelle Humphreys, timpani; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster †

Daniel R. Melamed

Daniel R. Melamed
Presenter

Christmas Oratorio
Part II: The Second Day of Christmas


Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend, BWV 248/II

Soloists:

Laura Choi Stuart
soprano

Reginald Mobley
countertenor

Jacob Perry, Jr.
tenor (Evangelist)

Steven Combs
bass

Colin St-Martin
flute

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Vocalists:
Katelyn Aungst & Laura Choi Stuart*, sopranos; Reginald Mobley* Kristen Dubenion-Smith, altos; Matthew Hill & Jacob Perry, Jr.*, tenors; Steven Combs* & David Rugger, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Colin St-Martin* & Kathryn Roth, flutes; Margaret Owens & Fatma Daglar, oboes d’amore; Geoffrey Burgess Sarah Huebsch, oboes da caccia; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Michael Marissen

Michael Marissen
Presenter

Christmas Oratorio
Part III: The Third Day of Christmas


Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen, BWV 248/III

Soloists:

Margot Rood
soprano

Reginald Mobley
countertenor

Gregório Taniguchi
tenor (Evangelist)

Jonathan Woody
bass

Andrew Fouts
violin

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

 Vocalists:
Elijah McCormack & Margot Rood*, sopranos; Roger O. Isaacs & Reginald Mobley*, countertenors; Matthew Loyal Smith & Gregório Taniguchi*, tenors, Steven Combs & Jonathan Woody*, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts* & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Colin St-Martin & Kathryn Roth, flutes; Geoffrey Burgess & Margaret Owens, oboes & oboes d’amore; Josh Cohen, Joelle Monroe & Dennis Anthony Ferry, trumpets, Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Daniel R. Melamed

Daniel R. Melamed
Presenter

Christmas Oratorio
Part IV: New Year’s Day


Friday, January 1, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben, BWV 248/IV

Soloists:

Elijah McCormack
soprano

Kristen Dubenion-Smith
alto

Patrick Kilbride
tenor (Evangelist)

Jason Widney
bass

Geoffrey Burgess
oboe

Andrew Fouts
violin

Tatiana Chulochnikova
violin

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Vocalists:
Amy Broadbent & Elijah McCormack*, sopranos; Reginald Mobley & Kristen Dubenion-Smith* altos; Patrick Kilbride* & Matthew Loyal Smith, tenors;  Jason Widney* & Jonathan Woody, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Geoffrey Burgess & Margaret Owens, oboes; Brad Tatum & Paul Hopkins, horns; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Michael Marissen

Michael Marissen
Presenter

Christmas Oratorio
Part V: The Sunday After New Year’s Day


Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 5 p.m on YouTube & Facebook

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen, BWV 248/V

Soloists:

Amy Broadbent
soprano

Kristen Dubenion-Smith
alto

Gregório Taniguchi
tenor (Evangelist)

Steven Combs
bass

Margaret Owens
oboe d’amore

Andrew Fouts
violin

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Vocalists:
Amy Broadbent* & Laura Choi Stuart, sopranos; Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury & Kristen Dubenion-Smith*, altos; Patrick Kilbride & Gregório Taniguchi*, tenors; Steven Combs* Jonathan Woody, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts* & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Geoffrey Burgess & Margaret Owens*, oboes d’amore; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Christmas Oratorio
Part VI: The Feast of the Epiphany


Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben, BWV 248/VI

Soloists:

Margot Rood
soprano

Matthew Hill
tenor (Evangelist)

David Rugger

David Rugger
bass

Geoffrey Burgess
oboe d’amore

Meg Brown Owens

Margaret Owens
oboe d’amore

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Vocalists:
Katelyn Aungst & Margot Rood*, sopranos; Roger O. Isaacs & Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, altos; Matthew Hill & Patrick Kilbride, tenors; David Rugger* & Jason Widney, basses

Instrumentalists
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Geoffrey Burgess* Margaret Owens*, oboes & oboes d’amore; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Josh CohenJoelle MonroeDennis Anthony Ferry, trumpets; Michelle Humphreys, timpani; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

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