2017 — 2018 Season

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Church & State

Church vs. State

Sunday, October 22, 3:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
3900 West End Avenue
Donations accepted.

Baroque chamber music was a shift from large events to smaller, more intimate works that featured virtuosic professionals in churches and salons.

Church sonatas were some of the most innovative of the period. This style included complex polyphony, with musical lines working both independently and simultaneously, with challenging harmonies and heartwrenching discords and resolutions.

Chamber sonatas displayed entertainment values, with movements named after dances found in after-dinner festivities and grand celebrations for visiting royalty. Their harmonies are less experimental and textures more chordal.

This concert explores both of theses forms, with chamber works by favorite Baroque composers along with some less familiar names.

Program
Corelli Sonata da Chiesa in F major, no. 1
Geminiani Sonata for oboe in e minor
Muffat Sonata da Camera in D major
W.F. Bach Sonata in G major for two flutes
Vivaldi Sonata in G minor
Janitsch Sonata da Camera in c minor

Immanuel Baptist Church | Reformation Concert

Chamber music

Sunday, October 29, 5:00 p.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church
222 Belle Meade Boulevard
Free and open to the public.

Immanuel Baptist Church presents a concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Immanuel's choir and soloists under the direction of Dr. Mark Ring will be joined by Music City Baroque for J.S. Bach's Cantatas 51 and 79. The program also includes unaccompanied music from the English church and familiar congregational hymns from Reformation forebears that are still sung today. MCB is glad to be a part of this event that explores a vital transformation in the history of church and music. More information.

Bach and His Rivals

Chamber music

Sunday, March 11, 3:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
3900 West End Avenue

When the town of Leipzig went to hire a new music director, J.S. Bach wasn't their first choice. He wasn't even their second choice. While today we take Bach's fame for granted, at the time musicians such as Telemann and Graupner were more highly regarded. This program will explore the music of some of Bach's most talented contemporaries (and rivals) for whom history has been less kind.


Previous Performances

Vocal Arts Nashville | Bach and the Boss

Vocal Arts Nashville

Sunday, October 1, 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
4815 Franklin Pike

Vocal Arts Nashville is a new professional chamber choir led by Dr. Matthew Phelps. They perform a variety of choral music, and have been working their way through the complete Bach motets. This concert includes "Jesu, meine Freude," "Komm, Jesu, komm", and "Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden," with MCB continuo cellist Christopher Stenstrom. The second half of the concert features American choral works, by Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, Craig Hella Johnson, and, yes, Bruce.