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Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids Events for 2014-2015
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids will present its spring 2015 concert on Sunday, April 19, at 7:30 pm, at Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave NE, in downtown Grand Rapids. The program will include three works by J. S. Bach: Cantata 9, "Es ist das Heil uns kommen her", the Missa Brevis in A major, and the Suite no. 2 in B minor for flute and orchestra, which will feature Christopher Kantner as flute soloist. The choir will also sing settings of "Christ lag in Todesbanden" by Praetorius, Schein and Werlin.
Tickets for the April concert will go on sale in March, 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. We are unable at this time to accept credit cards for purchases at the door.
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 year 2015, up to the amount of $4500.
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 spring term 2015 will begin on February 11.
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.