Thursday, October 18, 2007

Oct 21: Bach Cantata 51, St John's Shaughnessy

"Bach's cantatas were written for church services; tus each related to the theme of a given day within the liturgical year. The German church cantata was placed between the Gospel reading and the Sermon of the Lutheran liturgy and culminated a long tradition of sermon music text that sought to teach and persuade the listener." - from Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts

Cantata 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!" is one of Bach's most popular solo cantatas, written for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. Soprano Charlene Pauls will perform this cantata to the accompaniment of trumpet, violins, viola, and organ.

Charlene Pauls is establishing herself at the forefront of Canadian oratorio with her engaging and sensitive performances. She has been invited to sing across the country working with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Robert Cooper, Jean-Fran├žois Rivest, Frieder Bernius, and the late Robert Shaw, as well as in Germany with Helmut Rilling and Martin Lutz. Recent studies include work with Early Music specialist Emma Kirkby and internationally acclaimed soprano Edith Wiens. Pauls teaches at the Canadian Mennonite University and University of Manitoba and holds a Master's degree in vocal performance from McGill University.

Comments from the last Canata:

"Excellent! First time I've heard a cantata in a church-- where it should be!"

"Wonderful idea! Very well presented!"

"Fantastic -- very moving"

"marvelous, breath-taking, inspiring"

"Loved it! Hope this is a regular event."

"Most enjoyable and appreciated."

Free admission!

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