REJOICE AND BE GLAD! Four Sacred Cantatas of Christoph Graupner

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The Collegium Vocale of Saint Louis

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January 17, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:    Dr. Bruce Carvell, CVSL Artistic Director

(314) 650-3817 or stltenor@att.net

 

 

The COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF SAINT LOUIS presents

REJOICE AND BE GLAD! Four Sacred Cantatas of Christoph Graupner

 

  1. LOUIS, MISSOURI – The COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is proud to present “Rejoice and Be Glad!: Four Sacred Cantatas by Christoph Graupner,” a concert of Baroque sacred music on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Dr Bruce Carvell will give an introductory lecture at 2:30 p.m. to provide greater context and insight into Graupner and his music. The concert will be performed at Concordia Lutheran Church, 505 S. Kirkwood Road, 63122. Suggested donation – $10.

 

Christoph Graupner, a contemporary of J. S. Bach, was a prolific and highly-regarded composer in the first half of the 18th century.  After a long period of obscurity, his music is being rediscovered and brought before the public worldwide.  An innovative and imaginative composer, Graupner has a distinctive style showing great invention and variety in his use of form, text-setting and instrumentation.  The four sacred cantatas are newly edited from his manuscripts especially for this concert. These performances will be the American premieres of these masterful works. The six vocalists of the COLLEGIUM VOCALE will be accompanied by an ensemble of highly-skilled musicians playing instruments of the period or modern replicas of recorders, violins, viola, cello, trumpet, bassoon, and organ.

 

Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood provides a beautiful and resonant space in which to experience the intriguing and expressive artistry of this delightful music.

 

The COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS, a 501(c)3 organization, is devoted to presenting historically informed performances of a diverse and wide-ranging repertory of 17th- and 18th-century music for voices and instruments.

 

WHAT:         REJOICE AND BE GLAD! Four Sacred Cantatas of Christoph Graupner

                     Performed by THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS

Suggested donation $10 / Free parking

WHEN:         Sunday, February 3, 2019, 3 p.m.

                     Introductory lecture at 2:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:      Concordia Lutheran Church

505 S. Kirkwood Road

Kirkwood, Missouri, 63122

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A few thoughts about our 2017-2018 season.

As I reflect on our three concerts from the past season, I am proud of our achievements.

 

We met several milestones for our organization:  We continue to present high quality performances of little-known music of the Baroque period.  With our February concert of three Bach cantatas performed in the magnificent Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard, we featured the largest instrumental ensemble that we have ever used, including trumpet, 2 oboes, flute, bassoon, strings and organ.  We added to our roster of talented singers with the appearance of soprano Emily Truckenbrod in our February and May concerts and bass-baritone Robert Reed on our Bach concert.

 

A few performances that remain vivid in my memory from this past season include Nathan Ruggles’ colorful performance of Telemann’s “Der Schulmeister” in October, Robert Reed with John Korak on trumpet, in the stirring bass aria from Cantata #5 in February, and Stephanie Ruggles, contralto, lyrical performance of Scarlatti’s solo cantata, “Son io, barbara donna,.”  Each one of our performers is a standout in their field, so it’s really not fair of me to single anyone out for special notice.  However, these seemed to me occasions where the music and performer met in a special way.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters who come to our concerts and offer financial support that allows us to produce these rare concerts of worthy, but often neglected compositions.  I was particularly gratified by the response to our appeal for donations to help with the purchase of the Roland portable organ that we have been borrowing from Concordia Seminary over the past couple of years.  The acquisition of this instrument, along with the generous donation by Elizabeth Horsley a couple of years ago, of a harpsichord, now enables us to function much more independently with these crucial keyboard continuo instruments.

 

Looking ahead to the coming season, I have been working on the music of François Couperin, whose 350th anniversity of his birth we will be celebrating in the fall.  An organist, Couperin was one of the most outstanding musicians and composers of his day.  We will be focusing on his sacred music, composed for Louis XIV and performed at Versailles.  In the Winter, we will be presenting another in our series of concerts of modern premieres of sacred cantatas of Christoph Graupner.  We are very excited to be among several international ensembles presenting these works for the first time since they were performed under Graupner himself.  Our Spring concert will present vocal chamber music of the brothers Giovanni Bononicini and Antonio Maria Bononicini.  While Giovanni, a well-known rival of Handel, is more famous than his younger brother, Antonio, I have found some really wonderful pieces that we will be presenting that demonstate Antonio’s considerable talent and well-developed skill.

 

Each of our programs is a labor of love for me.  In the first place, I love searching for interesting music and matching each piece to one or several of our very talented performers.  It is equally rewarding for me to join them in the preparation of this music for performance.  Perhaps most satisfying is presenting each program to our loyal audience, enabling them to discover music that they would not have access to otherwise.

 

I hope to see you next season.  Please tell your friends.

 

If you are not yet on our email list and would like to be, please notify me at stltenor@att.net.

Press Release – February 5, 2018 – “AN ABUNDANCE OF GRACE: Sacred Cantatas of J S Bach”

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THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF SAINT LOUIS

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Feb 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Bruce Carvell, CVSL Artistic Director
(314) 650-3817 or stltenor@att.net
“AN ABUNDANCE OF GRACE: Sacred Cantatas of J S Bach”
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – The COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is proud to present “AN
ABUNDANCE OF GRACE: Sacred Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach,” a concert of baroque
sacred music on Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 Soulard
Street, 63104. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Introductory remarks will
be given by Dr. Bruce Carvell, Artistic Director, at 2:30 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the towering figures of Western music history. Among the vast
number of compositions he composed, his church cantatas often contain little-known gems. These
wonderful and varied pieces range from those composed for a single voice through magnificent
settings for large ensemble.

Bach began his tenure at the St. Thomas Church at the beginning of May, 1723. The program will
feature a performances of Cantata 147, “Herz und Mund und That und Leben,” first performed
early in his stay in Leipzig on July 2, 1723. Included in this cantata is the celebrated chorale
setting, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Also on the program will be Cantata 78, “Jesu, der du meine
Seele,” for four voices, flute, oboes, strings, bassoon, and organ, first performed in September,
1724, as well as Cantata 5, “Wo soll ich fliehen hin?,” for four voices, trumpet, oboes, bassoon,
strings, and organ, a cantata first performed in October, 1724.

The Collegium Vocale of St. Louis will be accompanied by an ensemble of top local baroque wind,
and string players, as well as guest artists Sarah Huebsch, of North Carolina, playing baroque
oboe, oboe d’amore and oboe da caccia; Nell French, of Kansas City, playing viola; Leighann
Daihl, of Indiana, playing baroque flute, and Charles Wines, of Indiana, playing baroque bassoon.

The COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is an ensemble devoted to presenting historically
informed performances of a diverse and wide-ranging repertory of seventeenth and eighteenth
century music for voices and instruments.
WHAT: AN ABUNDANCE OF GRACE: Sacred Cantatas of J S Bach
Performed by THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS

WHEN: Sunday, February 18, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church
812 Soulard Street
St. Louis, Missouri, 63104
Suggested donation $10 / Free parking
The Collegium Vocale of St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.
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Wo Wo soll ich fliehen hin?, BWV 5, Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78, and
Herz und Mund und That und Leben, BWV 147
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 3 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
812 Soulard Street
St. Louis, MO, 63104
Suggested donation – $10
Introductory remarks at 2:30 pm
by Dr. Bruce Carvell, Artistic Director
Performed by
Featuring Period Instruments
Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council,
a state agency, the Regional Arts Commission, and generous private donors.