Bach’s vocal literature is some of the most technically- and intellectually-demanding in choral literature. The Magnificat is no exception. Mastering this music is a true feat for high school and even collegiate singers. In addition, Lafayette will feature five of the soloists on the Vivaldi Magnificat. Abigail Cunningham, Alexandra Thibault, Virgil C. Lewis, LaKyya Washington, and Harrison Hancock.
The Kentucky Bach Choir is a professional 24-voice auditioned choir whose singers are classically trained. The also perform with professional orchestral players who are adept at bringing Bach’s music to life. Having the opportunity to perform this wonderful repertoire is a true gift and is rare for high school singers. I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy this fantastic performance. (See below for ticket information.)
About the works being performed:
The Magnficat is a text taken from the Gospel of Luke and is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s song of praise to the Lord. Many composers have created settings of the Magnificat throughout the history of music.
Bach Magnificat, BWV 243
Bach wrote his setting of the Magnificat in 1723 and included twelve movements. It is scored for five-part chorus, five soloists and baroque orchestra. Bach revised this work ten years later, slightly expanded the instrumental writing and changed the key to D major. The work clocks in at just under 30 minutes.
Antonio Vivaldi was a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach who lived and working in Venice, Italy in contrast to Bach’s Germany. Vivaldi’s setting of the Magnificat is concise and lasts only about 15 minutes. He divided the work into nine short movements and set it in G minor. He composed the work for four-part chorus, orchestra and soloists. Notable about Vivaldi’s career is that he was a priest and director of music at the Venice Ospedale della Pietá, an orphanage for girls. Most of his music was written for and performed by the girls living at this orphanage.
Victoria Ave Maria (Lafayette Madrigals only) (3 minutes)
A Spotless Rose by Herbert Howells (3 minutes)
Featuring Lafayette Madrigal singers with the Kentucky Bach Choir
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
171 Market St, Lexington, KY 40507
Bach choir has generously offered Lafayette Choir students and Families tickets at a discounted rate of $10. (Full price $25). Make checks payable to Kentucky Bach Choir. Have students bring checks or cash to the choir office no later than Thursday, Dec 6. Tickets will be held at will-call. If you have questions, email Shari Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This concert will satisfy the concert attendance audience requirement for students in Singers, Chorale or Madrigals.