Saturday June 3, 8 p.m.
Sunday June 4, 3 p.m.
Bachgrounder 35 minutes before each performance
We wrap up ‘Bach’s World’ with a tour of the various epochs of Bach’s creative life, via a set of exciting works featuring trumpets and timpani. We open with Cantata 71: Gott ist mein König, premiered in Mühlhausen in 1708 at the inauguration of a new town council. We then offer a suite of ensemble movements from the stunning Cantata 21: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, written in the teens of the 18th century, when Bach was working in Weimar. After intermission, we present the famous Magnificat, written in 1723 in Leipzig and revised a few years later. And we close with the thrilling Cantata 191: Gloria in excelsis Deo, a 1742 re-working of several movements from the 1733 Missa which eventually was expanded into the Mass in B Minor.