Singing in the New Year with the Bach Concert Series
Among the unsung stalwarts of Baltimore's musical life, the Bach Concert Series figures highly.
With modest financial resources, the organization manages to put on monthly concerts during the music season at Christ Lutheran Church in the Inner Harbor, covering a great deal of Bach's immortal repertoire. Most of the performances are free, which only adds to the value of the venture.
The Bach Concert Series will sing in the New Year on Sunday with an apt choice -- Cantata 16, "Herr Gott, dich loben wir," which was composed for use on New Year's Day (see below for an audio clip). T. Herbert Dimmock will conduct the orchestra and chorus. The soloists are tenor Richard Kennedy and bass Mark Wilson.
The program also offers the G major solo cello suite, with soloist Gretchen Gettes, and a selection from the Orchestral Suite No. 2.
If you would like to get in on the performing end of things, the Bach Concert Series is looking for some additional singers for the presentation this season of one of the cornerstones of Western music. Here are the audition details:
Herb Dimmock plans to expand the chorus, currently at 45 members, by 6 to 8 singers for performances of the St. Matthew Passion, March 31-April 1.
Interested singers should be able to "sight read well and blend with other voices." Auditions are held by appointment. Call 717-533-6873 or email: thdimmock@Hotmail.com
The Bach Concert Series Choir rehearses Sundays 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
And now for that sampling from the New Year's Day Cantata: