75th Concert Season 2015–2016
             
BRAVO, BACH!
Sunday, October 18, 2015; 2:30 p.m.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
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The Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra perform music from past concerts representing all six of our conductors. The program also features Mary Wilson, a Young Artist from 1997-99, singing Handel’s Gloria for virtuoso soprano and strings, plus several pieces that will include alums of the Bach Society Chorus. After the performance join us for refreshments in the adjoining Polish Heritage Hall to meet friends and greet the performers. Free, gated parking.
 
Carmina Burana
November 6 & 7 (8:00 p.m.) and November 8 (2:00 p.m.), 2015
Touhill Performing Arts Center
           
The Nashville Ballet is featured in a stunning visual presentation of Carl Orff’s popular and dramatic masterpiece in this collaboration with Dance St. Louis, University of Missouri–St. Louis’ University Singers and Orchestra, and The St. Louis Children’s Choirs.
 
Bach Chamber Music
Sunday, November 15, 2015; 2:30 p.m.
The Church of St. Michael & St. George
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Concertmaster Lenora-Marya Anop is joined by Bach Society Orchestra members Charles Metz, harpsichord; Catherine Edwards, flute; Ken Kulosa, cello: and pianist Sandra Geary in an informal program of Bach instrumental works. There is limited seating in the old-world ambiance of the Great Hall. Sponsored in part by Dr. Kenneth and Marjorie Smith. Meet and chat with the performers at the post-concert wine and cheese reception.
 
CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT CONCERT
Wednesday, December 23, 2015; 7:30 p.m.
Powell Hall
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World-renowned soprano Christine Brewer joins the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra to sing The Announcement of Christ’s Birth from Handel’s Messiah, plus a new setting of O Holy Night. Special guests The St. Louis Children’s Choirs join in for the candlelight procession, a cornerstone of this concert, followed by traditional carols of the season. A St. Louis favorite for decades, this is the concert that creates the perfect holiday family experience. Sponsored by Emerson.
 
Young Artist Recital
Sunday, January 17, 2016; 4:00 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church
             
The 2015-2016 Young Artists are joined by pianist Sandra Geary for an afternoon of Bach solo arias and duets in addition to personal favorites from operatic, recital and musical theatre repertoire. The Young Artist Scholarship Program was established in 1989 to provide performance experience and enhance professional training for career-oriented soloists, some of whom now sing in concert halls and opera houses across the country. Free admission. Presented jointly with the Couts Music Series.
 
FAURÉ REQUIEM
Sunday, March 13, 2016; 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
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The rich resonance of the Cathedral is a perfect complement to the beautiful Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. The Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra are joined by soprano Jane Jennings and baritone Ian Greenlaw for this exceptional performance. The evening also features a new work by Stephen Mager commissioned by Rev. & Mrs. Richard LaBore to honor founder Dr. William B. Heyne on our 75th anniversary. Presented in collaboration with Cathedral Concerts.
 
Lecture: J.S. Bach and the Mass in B minor
Saturday, May 14, 2016; 2:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood
David Gordon of the Carmel Bach Festival provides a lecture on Johann Sebastian Bach and his Mass in B minor in the Chapel of First Presbyterian of Kirkwood. Free admission.
             
BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
Sunday, May 15, 2016; 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood
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Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor, the first work performed by the Bach Society in 1941, celebrates our past, present and future. Joining the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra as soloists are four guest artists from across the county: soprano Sherezade Panthaki, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Kyle Stegall and bass-baritone Dashon Burton.
Sponsored in part by Boeing Employee Community Fund. 
Mr. Robert H. Duesenberg’s generous sponsorship of this concert is offered
in loving memory of his wife, Lori, former member of the chorus and
lifelong Bach Society supporter.