Welcome Letter

Welcome to Bach Interactions our Fall 2020 Digital Season

We’ve all lived through a time beyond compare in 2020. The Washington Bach Consort was forced to cancel 40% of last season’s concerts. Such losses can give us new perspective about what we value. These months have made us value more than ever what we now miss entirely: the opportunity to experience music together as performers and as audiences—the chance to experience together the healing balm that is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. On behalf of our musicians, it’s safe to say that we shall cherish every moment of our future performing experiences together—every moment!

Our 43rd season begins with a series of nine virtual, online performances, highlighting Bach’s cantata and oratorio repertory. We’ll begin with three favorite cantatas on successive months, from September through November: 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). In December, we’ll present all six parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, with each part performed on the day of the Christmas season for which Bach composed it.

There will be an educational dimension to these performances as well. We will be joined by our two Bach scholars, Professors Michael Marissen and Daniel R. Melamed, who will provide insights behind the music and its creation. These insights will offer new ways to understand and hear even very familiar works.

We look forward to welcoming you, if only virtually! In the meanwhile, please do stay safe, and we’ll anticipate that special moment when we are all able to gather together once again in the kinds of performances we now miss so much.

Dana T. Marsh
Dana T. Marsh
Artistic Director