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
Part I: The First Day of Christmas

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

Daniel R. Melamed


Sarah Davis-Issaelkhoury

Gregório Taniguchi
tenor (Evangelist)

Steven Combs

Josh Cohen

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

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

concertmaster †