Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bach Motets

SF Bach Choir photo IMG_20130316_195912_zpsa9ecc4ad.jpgSaturday night I heard the San Francisco Bach Choir perform a program of 5 of the Bach Motets. As a friend of mine likes to observe, these pieces are about as good as music gets. The chorus numbered about 50 & were accompanied by an organ, cello & violone. Artistic Director Corey Jameson led with a clear beat & lenient tempos, & the chorus executed the fugal sections comfortably. This was the 1st of 2 performances this weekend. The audience was somewhat sparse & listened quietly. Everyone on stage looked satisfied with the concert. While the singers rearranged themselves after the 1st motet, Mr. Jameson encouraged audience members to try out for the chorus & assured us that the audition process is relatively painless.

§ San Francisco Bach Choir
Corey Jamason, Artistic Director

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
Komm, jesu, komm, BWV 229
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

San Francisco Bach Choir Baroque Ensemble
Elisabeth Reed, violoncello
John Dornenburg, violone
Esther Lam, organ

March 16, 8pm 2013
Calvary Presbyterian Church

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