Repertoire: Bach and Beyond

The following list demonstrates the Bach Society’s commitment to performing the major works by Bach and other masters, and reveals the breadth of its repertoire, ranging from music of the 17th century to commissioned works.

Major Works by J.S. Bach

The Bach Society of Saint Louis has performed the following masterworks in the years listed below.

– Mass in B minor: 1941, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 55, 57, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67, 69, 71, 75, 77, 83, 91, 94, 2001, 06, 10, 16
– St. Matthew Passion: 1943, 45, 47, 53, 56, 61, 66, 70, 72, 78, 85, 89, 94, 2004, 12
– St. John Passion: 1949, 51, 54, 57, 63, 68, 79, 88, 92, 96, 2002, 08, 14
– Magnificat: 1950, 53, 57, 62, 65, 69, 73, 76, 80, 83, 87, 92, 96, 2002, 12
– St. Mark Passion (reconstruction): 1997

Past Repertoire and Soloists

Wondering what the Bach Society has performed in past seasons? Looking for a particular soloist in one of our concerts? Find it here, or contact us with any questions.

2015–2016 The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Season

October 2015   Bravo, Bach!
November 2015    Carmina Burana
November 2015   Bach Chamber Music
December 2015    Selections from Handel’s “Messiah”, and “O Holy Night”
Christine Brewer
March 2016    Faure: Requiem                                                                                                                 May 2016    Bach: Mass in B Minor

2014–2015 Concert Season

October 2014   Voices of the Baltic Coast
November 2014    Bach Chamber Music
December 2014   Handel: Messiah!
Debra Hillabrand, Jane Jennings, Don Frazure
March 2015   Handel: Messiah!
Nathalie Colas, Patricia Thompson, Steven Soph, Curtis Streetman
April 2015   Faire is the Heaven

2013–2014 Concert Season

October 2013   Northern Lights
November 2013    Bach Chamber Music
December 2013   Rutter: Gloria
March 2014   Bach: St. John Passion
William Watson, Evangelist; Stephen Morscheck, Jesus Josefien Stoppelenburg, Jay Carter, Lawrence Jones, Curtis Streetman
May 2014   Beyond All Mortal Dreams

2012–2013 Concert Season

October 2012   Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass; Bach: Cantata 51
Sherezade Panthaki, Patricia Thompson, Don Frazure, Alexander Dobson
November 2012    Bach Chamber Music
December 2012   Bach: Magnificat
2012-13 Young Artists
April 2013   Bach & Schubert: Music for Voices & Strings
May 2013   Rachmaninoff: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

2011–2012 Concert Season

October 2011   Mozart’s Requiem; Bach’s Violin Concerto in E minor
2011-12 Young Artists; Lenora-Marya Anop, violin
December 2011   Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate
Mary Wilson
March 2012   Bach: St. Matthew Passion
William Watson, Evangelist; Stephen Morscheck, Jesus
Sherezade Panthaki, Jay Carter, Lawrence Jones, Curtis Streetman
April 2012   John D. Robb: Requiem; Mager: Te Deum

2010–2011 Concert Season

October 2010   Bach: Sebastian & Sons
Sherezade Panthaki
December 2010   Poulenc: Gloria
Christine Brewer
March 2011   Handel: Messiah
Karen Fergurson, Debra Hillabrand, Francisco Almanza, Ian Greenlaw
May 2011   Russian Vespers

2009–2010 Concert Season

October 2009   Bach and Mendelssohn
December 2009   Bach: Sanctus and Osanna from Mass in B minor; Shaw-Bennett: Many Moods of Christmas Suite II.
March 2010   Bach: Mass in B minor
Sherezade Panthaki, Debra Hillabrand, Don Frazure, Curtis Streetman
April 2010   Rheinberger: Mass in E flat for Double Chorus; plus motets by Anton Bruckner, Randall Thompson, Eric Whitacre, René Clausen, Javier Busto, Ernani Aguiar, Howard Helvey, Gustav Holst, and Moses Hogan

2008–2009 Concert Season

October 2008   Praise His Holy Name!; Hymns, Anthems and Spirituals
Audio CD available for purchase here
December 2008   Bach: Christmas Oratorio I-II-III
Gina Galati, Don Frazure, Curtis Streetman
March 2009   Duruflé: Requiem
Angela Horn, Thomas Barrett
April 2009   Bach: Jesu, meine Freude; Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor; Handel: Gloria; Mozart: Vespers of Confession
Sherezade Panthaki; Lenora-Marya Anop, violin

2007–2008 Concert Season

October 2007   Beethoven: Mass in C; Bach: motets Lobet den Herrn, Fürchte dich nicht, and Cantata 80: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
Ann Hoyt, Debra Hillabrand, Don Frazure, Thomas Barrett
December 2007   Rutter: Magnificat (full orchestra version)
Christi John Bye, Melissa Payton
March 2008   Bach: St. John Passion
William Watson, Evangelist; Curtis Streetman, Jesus
Sherezade Panthaki, Tracy Watson, Stanley Warren, Jeffrey Heyl
May 2008   Mager: Mass of Light (commissioned)

2006–2007 Concert Season

October 2006   Martin: Mass for Double Chorus
December 2006   Handel (orch. Mozart): Messiah, Christmas scene
The Bach Society Young Artists
March 2007   Handel: Messiah, pts. II & III
Sherezade Panthaki, Stephanie Novacek, Alan Bennett, Ian Greenlaw
April 2007   Rachmaninoff: Vespers
Peggy Cantrell, Steven Slusher

2005–2006 Concert Season

October 2005   Howells: Requiem; Willan: An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Host; motets
December 2005   Rutter: Gloria (full orchestra version)
Kristen Frost
March 2006   Bach: Mass in B Minor
Amy Cochrane, Tracy Watson, Katherine Kelton, William Watson, Paul Rowe
April 2006   Reflections: The Conductor’s 20th anniversary concert; Stephen Paulus: To the Supreme Being (commissioned); Stephen Mager: I Saw Eternity (commissioned)

2004–2005 Concert Season

October 2004   Mozart: Requiem (ed. Druce); Haydn: Mass in Time of War
Susan Tilbury, Angela Horn, Patrick Hogan, Thomas Barrett
December 2004   Handel: Gloria
Mary Wilson
March 2005   Rutter: Mass of the Children
Mary Wilson, Paul Rowe
April 2005   Mager: The Lamb’s High Feast (commissioned)

2003–2004 Concert Season

October 2003   Soli Deo Gloria, Bach: Singet dem Herrn, Tallis: Spem in alium, and motets by Finzi, Purcell, Mathias, Howells, Vaughan Williams, Arnatt, Stanford, Wood
December 2003   Bach: Christmas Oratorio (excerpts); Handel: Messiah (excerpts)
Elizabeth Keusch
March 2004   Bach: St. Matthew Passion
William Watson, Evangelist; David Newman, Jesus
Mary Wilson, Tracy Watson, Steven Stolen, Jeffrey Fields
April 2004   1904–2004 America Sings!; Ives: Psalm 90; Argento: Sonnet No. LXIV; Thompson: Alleluia; Clausen: My Heart Is Steadfast (commissioned)

2002–2003 Concert Season

October 2002   Bach: Magnificat; Orchestral Suite No. 3; Handel: Gloria; Zadok the Priest
Mary Wilson
December 2002   Poulenc: Gloria
Susan Tilbury
March 2003   Fauré: Requiem; Barber: Agnus Dei; Caldara: Crucifixus; Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium; Raminsh: Come, My Light
Patricia Andress, Jermaine Smith
April 2003   Patterson: Magnificat, Bach: Der Geist hilft; double motets by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Hassler, Scheidt and Hakenberger with the Susan Slaughter Brass Ensemble

2001–2002 Concert Season

October 2001   Rachmaninoff: Vespers
Peggy Cantrell, Jeffrey Freuler
December 2001   Handel (orch. Mozart): Messiah, Christmas Scene
Sarah Coburn, Rachel Edie, Eddie Hitchcock, Nathan Myers
March 2002   Bach: St. John Passion
Steven Stolen, Evangelist; David Berger, Jesus
Mary Wilson, Susan Forrester, Martin Kelly, David Newman
April 2001   Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle
Jan Prokop, Angela Horn, Randal Rushing, Thomas Barrett

2000–2001 The Sixtieth Anniversary Season

October 2000   Bach: The Good Fight, a dramatic presentation on the life and struggles of J.S. Bach written by Ila Klemm
Soloists from the Bach Society Chorus
December 2000   Handel: Messiah, Christmas Highlights
The Bach Society Young Artists
March 2001   Encore: Sixty Years of Bach
Selected works representing the repertoire of all 6 BSSL conductors
April 2001   Bach: Mass in B minor
Mary Wilson, Jane Jennings, Angela Horn, Steven Stolen, Thomas Barrett

1999–2000 Concert Season

October 1999   Beethoven: Mass in C; Bach: Gott ist mein König; and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Susan Tilbury, Susan Forrester, Martin Kelly, Michael Boschert
December 1999   Rutter: Magnificat; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Mary Wilson, Patrick Hogan
March 2000   Duruflé: Requiem
Angela Horn, Thomas Barrett
April 2000   Handel: Israel in Egypt
Soloists from the Bach Society Chorus

1998–1999 Concert Season

October 1998   Cathedral Classics, with Ronald Arnatt, organist; Durufle: Four Gregorian Motets; Tavener: Song for Athene; Gorecki: Totus Tuus
December 1998   Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I and II
Mary Wilson, Angela Horn, William Watson, Thomas Barrett
March 1999    Basically Bach: Cantata 202, and motets Lobet den Herrn; Jesu, meine Freude; and Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt
Mary Wilson
April 1999   Glick: Triumph of the Spirit (U.S. premiere), Sandra Geary, pianist; Daley: Requiem; Raminsh: Come, My Light; Alleluia, Amen; I Will Sing unto the Lord

1997–1998 Concert Season

October 1997   Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor; Barber: Agnus Dei
Mary Wilson, Christy Clemens, Todd M. Wilson, Patrick Hogan
December 1997   Mager: Sinfonia Pastorale (Missouri premiere)
Mary Wilson, Kristen Frost
March 1998   Handel: Messiah pts 2 & 3
Mary Wilson, Peggy Cantrell, Christopher Goeke, David Newman
April 1998   Rachmaninoff: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
John Sutko, cantor

1996–1997 Concert Season

November 1996   Beethoven: Missa solemnis
Winifred Faix Brown, Phyllis Pancella, Carl Halvorson, William Walker
December 1996   Bach: Magnificat
Former Bach Society Young Artists Mary I. Brown, Leslie K. Remmert, Antoine C. Wallace, Michael J. Boschert, Krystianne Cheetham, Deborah Good Stinson, Matthew C. Cooper, and Karen Henrickson
March 1997   Bach: St. Mark Passion; Handel: Psalm 112
Julianne Baird, Tracy Watson, Christopher Goeke
April 1997   Rachmaninoff: Vespers
Peggy Cantrell, David Snook, Willie Eddie Hitchcock III