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. 

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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