Two Bach Cantata Events

Dear Tacoma AGO Members and Dual Members:

We have two great events coming up focusing on performing Bach cantatas in the context of liturgies. Our presenter is Dr. Carlton Monroe, Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. He is Director of the Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, a vespers series centered around Bach cantatas.
In his lecture-demonstration, Dr. Monroe will describe how the cantatas can be integrated into worship services. Singers and instrumentalists from PLU will help illustrate the lecture. The following evening PLU choral ensembles will perform complete cantatas at Lagerquist Hall. Both events are free. Our chapter is helping sponsor these events by providing travel expenses for Carlton Monroe.
The lecture-demonstration is user-friendly for non-musicians, so please invite your congregation members and friends who are interested in great music to attend and learn more about Bach cantatas and their meaning for contemporary audiences.
Here is information you may share and have inserted in your church bulletins and newsletters:
Bach Cantata Workshop: On Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street, Tacoma, the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the PLU choral department will present Carlton Monroe in a workshop exploring the performance of Bach cantatas in the context of worship. Dr. Monroe is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park (Cincinnati), Ohio where, in addition to leading an active music program for children and adults, he established and conducts the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, a professional ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform services, concerts and educational retreats centered on the music of J. S. Bach. Singers and instrumentalists from PLU will help illustrate his presentation.
Bach Cantata Presentation: On Tuesday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m., in Lagerquist Hall at PLU several PLU choral ensembles will perform complete Bach cantatas under the direction of Carlton Monroe and Brian Galante. Join us in considering a 21st-century cultural context for Bach’s sublime choral works.
A PDF poster is also attached which can be emailed or printed.
Tacoma AGO members: In appreciation of our support of the Bach cantata events, the PLU choral department is extending free admission to our members to the University Chorale performance of the Duruflé Requiem, Brian Galante, director and Paul Tegels, organist. Just identify yourself as a Tacoma AGO member at the ticket desk. Thursday, April 21, 8:00 p.m., Lagerquist Hall
Our chapter’s election of officers will take place promptly at the beginning of the April 25 meeting at Christ Church.
Please be present at 7:30 p.m. for a very brief meeting before the lecture.
And…  the Seattle Chapter invites us to a performance by Nathan Laube this Friday, April 15, at St. James Cathedral:
On Friday, April 15th at 8:00 pm, St. James Cathedral and the Seattle Chapter AGO will host Grammy Award-winning organist Nathan Laube in concert. Mr. Laube is quickly establishing himself as one of the finest young organists of this generation and has already performed across four continents at the great concert halls and cathedrals around the globe. He will be performing music of Bach, Howells, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and Reubke in works written for the organ and some that have been transcribed for it. A full program listing, as well as how to purchase advance passes, can be found at the St. James website:
Get the word out about Bach!!
Mark Brombaugh

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