Celebrating Twenty-Five Years
 2019-2020 Concerts


I
A Baroque Tapestry

Glorious counterpoint from Germany, France, and Italy by Lully, Muffat, Legrenzi, Telemann,  
and J. S. Bach for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and harpsichord, including Bach's joyous Harpsichord Concerto in D Major (BWV 1054) featuring soloist Jacob Street. 



Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, PA 
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary

Daniel Swenberg, lutenist
II
Three Centuries of Lutes

Chitarroni, theorbos, and archlutes, oh my!  
Daniel Swenberg, lutenist extraordinaire
will guide you through the thicket of lutes, 
strings, and national styles. Mr. Swenberg, 
who performed on Broadway in Farinelli
and the King, takes a break from the 
Metropolitan Opera orchestra, where he is 
playing in Handel's Agrippina this season,
to share his menagerie with you.


A Special Event — Free to the Public

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Note the Change of Date!


III
Bach's St. John Passion

The Mardi Considine Spring Concert


An intimate production of this masterpiece
using a choir of eight singers, as Bach did, with
 a small orchestra of 18th-century instruments 
like those he wrote for. The ensemble will be led 
by Scott Metcalfe, a gifted early music director. 
Featuring tenor Jason McStoots as Evangelist
and baritone William Sharp as Jesus
Teresa Wakim & Margot Rood, sopranos
Kristen Dubenion Smith & Kim Leeds, altos
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Brian Ming Chu, baritone

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Miller Chapel, Princeton Seminary

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, PA


A Note on Our Production of the St. John Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is a choral work—but the choir Bach had in mind was not what most people think of nowadays. Bach performed the Passion with a choir of just eight singers, two singers per part, and those eight singers sang all the solo parts as well, including that of the narrator, the Evangelist. This is exactly how we will score our performance of the Passion. When we use a choir like Bach’s, together with a small orchestra of 18th-century instruments like those he wrote for, the effect is wonderfully direct and personal. Instead of a mass of sound one hears individual lines emerge from the texture with greater clarity, and the soloists, rather than sitting aloof from the action during the chorales and choruses, are full participants in the heart-rending and cathartic events.

Special Event:
Bach Organ Recital
Bach and the Art of Dance

Prize-winning organist Jacob Street
will perform a program of Bach's organ works inspired by dance.Like many composers of his time, J.S. Bach appreciated the fine art of the dance: in a luscious French sarabande, a lively English jig, or a breathless Italian corrente. The program includes the Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BWV 532) and the Passacaglia & Fugue in C Minor (BWV 582), on the magnificent Joe R. Engle Organ in Miller Chapel.

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Miller Chapel, 

Princeton Theological Seminary


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