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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.  

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Christmas Oratorio

PAST PERFORMANCES

Christmas Oratorio
Part I

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

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

Michael Marissen
Presenter

Daniel R. Melamed
Presenter

Soloists:

Sarah Davis-Issaelkhoury alto

Gregório Taniguchi tenor (Evangelist)

Steven Combs bass

Josh Cohen trumpet

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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 †

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Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part I

Christmas Oratorio
Part II

Daniel R. Melamed

Daniel R. Melamed
Presenter

Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 7, 2021 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)

David Rugger

David Rugger
bass

Colin St-Martin
flute

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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†

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Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part II

Christmas Oratorio
Part III

Michael Marissen

Michael Marissen
Presenter

Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

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

Soloists:

Margot Rood

Margot Rood
soprano

Reginald Mobley
countertenor

Gregório Taniguchi
tenor (Evangelist)

Jonathan Woody
bass

Andrew Fouts
violin

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

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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†

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Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part III

Christmas Oratorio
Part IV

Daniel R. Melamed

Daniel R. Melamed
Presenter

Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 21, 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

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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†

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Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part IV

Christmas Oratorio
Part V

Michael Marissen

Michael Marissen
Presenter

Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 8 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

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

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

soloists*
concertmaster†

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Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part V

Christmas Oratorio
Part VI

Streamed Event:
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

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

Michael Marissen
Presenter

Daniel R. Melamed
Presenter

Soloists:

Margot Rood

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

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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; Josh CohenJoelle MonroeDennis Anthony Ferry, trumpets; Michelle Humphreys, timpani; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

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Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part VI

Cantatas

PAST PERFORMANCES

Michael Marissen
Presenter

A Voice of Awakening
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 8 p.m. on Facebook
Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. on YouTube

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140

Chorale
Recitative
Aria duetto
Chorale
Recitative
Aria Duetto
Chorale

Soloists:

Margot Rood

Margot Rood
soprano

Matthew Loyal Smith
tenor

Jason Widney
bass

Andrew Fouts
violino piccolo

Margaret Owens
oboe

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

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Vocalists:
Margot Rood* & Laura Choi-Stuart, sopranos; Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury & Kristen Dubenion-Smith, altos; Matthew Hill & Matthew Loyal Smith*, tenors; Jason Widney* & Jonathan Woody, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts†, violino piccolo; Tatiana Chulochnikova & Marika Holmqvist, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Margaret Owens* & Geoffrey Burgess, oboes; Sarah Weiner, taille; Brad Tatum, horn; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Daniel R. Melamed
Presenter

A Voice in the Abyss
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. on Facebook
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. on YouTube

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131

Dictum [Chorus] Dictum with chorale [solo] Dictum [Chorus] Dictum with chorale [solo] Dictum [Chorus]

Soloists:

Katelyn Aungst
soprano

Reginald Mobley
countertenor

Jacob Perry, Jr.
tenor

Jonathan Woody
bass

Geoffrey Burgess
oboe

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Read the Program Notes

Vocalists:
Katelyn Aungst, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Jacob Perry, Jr., tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass;

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts†, violin; Risa Browder, & Marika Holmqvist, violas; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Geoffrey Burgess*, oboe; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Michael Marissen
Presenter

A Voice of Expectation
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8 p.m. on Facebook
Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. on YouTube

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

Chorale
Recitative
Aria
Dictum
Aria
Chorale

Soloists:

Amy Broadbent
soprano

Roger O. Isaacs
countertenor

Matthew Hill
tenor

Steven Combs
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Vocalists:

Amy Broadbent, soprano; Roger O. Isaacs, countertenor; Matthew Hill, tenor; Steven Combs, bass

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder & Scott McCormick, violas; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

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