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Bach’s Awakening: Discover Cantata 140
February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$22 – $25
Saturday, Feb 2 2019, 7:30pm, at Saint Francis United Methodist Church (2965 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, North Carolina 27518)
In our Discovery Concert Series: “Bach’s Awakening: Discover Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”
The Concert Singers of Cary Choral Artists, with Mallarme Chamber Players
Nathan Leaf, conductor
Jeanne Fisher, soprano
Aaron Carlyle, tenor
Marc Callahan, baritone
45 minute talk about the music (‘Structure of a Cantata’) with live examples, followed by performance.
Cantata 140 is a chorale cantata composed by J.S. Bach in 1731, using a very famous chorale, “Wachet auf” (Sleepers, Awake!) which appears in many Christian hymnals. The original hymn was written in 1599 by German pastor Philipp Nicolai, after surviving a deadly plague in his town.
Bach’s setting has been called a “regal masterpiece” — the writing is self-assured, warm, and joyous, and shows Bach at his most melodic.