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Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids Events for 2015-2016
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids will present its fall 2015 concert on Sunday, November 15, at 7:30 pm, at Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave NE, in downtown Grand Rapids. The program will feature Benjamin Britten's Festival Te Deum, selected movements from Mozart's Vesperae de confessore, Magnificat by Johann Pachelbel, Geistliches Lied by Johannes Brahms, and motets by Alessandro Scarlatti, Henry Purcell, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Michael Praetorius.
Our guest organist, Ulbe Tjallingii (b. 1963) received his Master’s degree in theology and liturgy from the University of Groningen, and has worked as a pastor and chaplain in the Protestant Church of the Netherlands. Since 2002, he has combined a lively music practice as pianist, organist and choir director at the Roman Catholic parish of Wolvega with teaching Liturgy and providing pastoral care. Mr. Tjallingii has given numerous recitals on historical organs, including the Müller organ of the Grote or Jacobijnerkerk in Leeuwarden (Friesland).
Tickets for the November concert will go on sale in October, and may be ordered using the ticket form on our website; they will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), and $8 for students with ID.
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts. MCACA will match contributions made to the Chorale during the fiscal year 2015-2016, up to the amount of $3750.
The Bach Chorale has openings for experienced choral musicians in all sections. We rehearse Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Our rehearsals for fall term 2015 began on September 9.
Auditions are usually held during the first and second rehearsals of each term, and consist of some vocalises and sight-reading. If you wish to join us, please contact Martin Werner via the contact form.
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.