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Pentecost Cantatas Luthers Bach Academie

Violin concerto, Pentecost Cantatas by Bach and Graupner

On Sunday, 6 May the Luthers Bach Academy will celebrate the advent of spring with a performance of  Bach’s beautiful violin concerto in A minor, featuring baroque violinist Lilia Slavny.

Pentecost marks the end of the liturgical year. Christ was crucified, he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. But on Pentecost Sunday the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles to help them preach the Gospel all over the world.

Pentecost Cantate
Johann Sebastian Bach composed the Pentecost Cantata Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt in 1725. The text is based on the Gospel of St. John: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The cantata will be performed by strings, trombones and cornetti accompanying  the choral fugue colla parte. It is one of the most beautiful choral fugues ever written by Bach ever.

Soprano Griet de Geyter
The first aria for soprano, a very joyful aria, will be sung by Griet de Geyter. She is well-versed in the 18th century repertoire and the Luthers Bach Academy looks forward to their first performance with her.

The other piece, Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf (1729) was originally a motet that Bach composed for a funeral. The text contains words of consolation taken from the Bible.

Christopher Graupner, one of Bach’s contemporaries, was a very popular and prolific composer. In Graupner’s cantata Nun gibst du Gott einen gnädigen Regen the composer compares  the Holy Spirit to the rain that makes barren ground fertile.

J.S. Bach, Pentecost Cantate Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt BWV 68 
J.S. Bach, Motet Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226
J.S. Bach, violin concerto in A minor BWV 1041 
J. Chr. Graupner, Pentecost Cantate Nun gibst du Gott einen gnädigen Regen GWV 1138/21

Lutherse Bach Academie (project choir, soloists & baroque orchestra) conducted by Tymen Jan Bronda
Griet de Geyter (soprano) | Richard Resch (tenor) | Michiel Meijer (bass) 
Lilia Slavny (violin)

€ 25 | € 20 Friends LBE | € 12 students | € 35 front rows

Tickets available online .
Tickets also available from Boekhandel Godert Walter Groningen, Oude Ebbingestraat 53 | Boekhandel Daan Nijman Roden, Heerestraat 87, shopping mall UMCG hospital| CIGO-Overdiep Appingedam 

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