Bach Festival to feature Stephen Stubbs
The third biennial Bach Festival of Charleston will be held on Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3, in the sanctuary of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston. Dr. JeeYoon Choi, music director and organist at First (Scots), is the Bach Festival’s Artistic Director. All festival events are free and open to the public.
On Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m., the festival opens with Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (“The Limbs of Our Jesus”) composed in 1680. This work contains seven parts, each focusing upon a different part of Christ’s crucified body. The performance will feature a vocal quintet with Margaret Cook and Susan Atwood, sopranos; Ricard Bordas, countertenor and conductor; Oliver Mercer, tenor and David Young, bass. The vocalists will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble using period instruments: Cynthia Roberts and Joanna Novorn, violin; Phoebe Carrai, cello; JeeYoon Choi, continuo organ and Stephen Stubbs, baroque guitar.
On Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. audiences will have the opportunity to reflect upon different musical styles in a selection of organ concertos brought together in an intimate chamber setting with candlelight. The elaborate, ornate and asymmetrical style of the Baroque period offers a clear contrast to the simpler textures and forms of the early Classical period in these rarely heard organ works. Dr. JeeYoon Choi will lead the chamber ensemble from the positif organ in works by Handel, Vivaldi, Stanley, C. P. E. Bach, Mozart and Haydn.
The festival concludes on Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. with a large-scale choral event recalling the unique story of three renowned baroque composers - Georg Philipp Telemann, Christoph Graupner and J. S. Bach. All Bach Festival of Charleston performances are free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.bachfestivalofcharleston.org