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Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids, Events for 2013
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids will present its fall 2013 concert on Sunday, November 3rd, at 7:30 pm, at the Basilica of St. Adalbert, 654 Davis Ave NW, in downtown Grand Rapids. We chose that venue for its magnificent architecture and acoustics.
What makes this project very special is that we are collaborating with the Calvin Capella, the top student choir at Calvin College. A sextet of brass instruments will also participate in this festive concert. We will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of Giovanni Gabrieli's death with a program of compositions by him and other composers of his era, as well as choral works from the 19th and 20th centuries, some of which were inspired by Gabrieli's style. It all goes back to St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, which was the ideal space for this particular type of music because of a variety of lofts and balconies.
The most prominent feature? CORI SPEZZATI ! This is a fancy term for polychoral, involving two or more choral groups positioned in more or less opposing locations in a large auditorium. We trust that this concert will be a very unusual experience of sound for most of our audience - certainly for us as Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids. The featured composers, in addition to Giovanni Gabrieli, include Schütz, Hassler, De Rore, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Merulo.
Tickets for the November concert are now on sale, and may be ordered using the ticket form on our website; they will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (62+), and $5 for students with a Grand Rapids Symphony pass (sold only at the door).
The Bach Chorale has openings for experienced choral musicians. Based on our current membership, we can only accept sopranos and tenors at this time. We rehearse Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Our first rehearsal for fall term 2013 will be September 4.
CD Information Our official CD, recorded in 2008-2009, is available for purchase. Click here to purchase the CD or order concert tickets.
The Bach Chorale was originally assembled by Dr. Martin Werner to perform during the inaugural Grand Rapids Bach Festival in 1997. The chorale served as the core chorus in the 1999 Bach Festival performance of the Mass in B Minor and for the St. John Passion in 2001, under the direction of guest conductor Karl Hochreither.
Dr. Martin Werner studied orchestral conducting, cello and choral conducting in his native Germany before spending a year at California State University, Fullerton as a graduate student and student conductor of the University Singers. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Michigan in 1985 and later served as assistant chorus master for the Concert Choir for the City of Düsseldorf, Germany. He was chorus master of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus from 1993 to 1999 and has also been choir director for several Grand Rapids churches. In 1997, he became music director and conductor for the Bach Chorale.
In the spring of 2009, the Bach Chorale was incorporated as The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids. As of April 29, 2009, we have been confirmed as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, able to receive tax-deductible contributions.