Fall 2019 Event – Meet BCGR (again)!
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids is continuing to establish itself as a premier choral ensemble dedicated to performing masterworks of the choral and choral/orchestral repertoire. Having served the West Michigan community in this way for many years, we are currently making plans for a special event on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, at 7:30pm, whose purpose will be to reintroduce ourselves to longstanding as well as new patrons. The event will give our audience a detailed understanding of the ways in which we intend to further fine-tune our performances as a competitive ensemble, and also provide perspectives regarding our desire to widen the scope of our concert activities. Since this is a promotional event, admission is free.
As the musical centerpiece for this event, we have chosen J. S. Bach’s motet “Jesu, meine Freude”, BWV 227. With this, we are issuing a heartfelt invitation to experienced choral musicians who have a passion for performing this kind of repertoire to join us for this special occasion, and to participate in developing BCGR into an even more accomplished and exciting performance organization. We have openings for all sections, with an extra interest in tenors and sopranos - the latter in light of the fact that BWV 227 has two separate soprano parts.
Auditions, which will be specifically geared toward this motet, will be held at the first of seven Wednesday evening rehearsals on September 18th, at 7:30pm, at Central Reformed Church in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids is honored to be the recipient of a prestigious grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts for the fiscal year 2018-2019. This type of grant results in awards from MCACA that match contributions made to the Chorale during that fiscal year, up to the amount of $3400.
The Bach Chorale
~ preserving, promoting, and performing choral music written predominantly by European composers, with a special emphasis on the music of J. S. Bach, in an effort to keep the music of the masters alive ~
Bach: Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
Mendelssohn: Mitten wir im Leben sind