For Immediate Release
ROCKVILLE, MD – Join the outstanding Montgomery County-based classical ensemble, ChorSymphonica as we bring our popular “Conversation Concert” series to Bethesda this June.
This performance features the classical ensemble, ChorSymphonica, along with soprano Melissa Jean Chávez, mezzo-soprano Janna Elesia Critz, tenor Joseph Regan, and bass-baritone William Heim in a presentation of Bach’s Cantata Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn (Prepare the Pathways, Make Ready the The Road), BWV 132. This virtuoso cantata, with its stunning recitatives and extravagant and expressive arias, was originally composed for the last Sunday before Christmas, 1715. The concert also features Wes Nichols, oboe, Regino Madrid, violin, and Christopher Moehlenkamp, violoncello, members of ChorSymphonica’s orchestra (this cantata has no chorus). In the beautiful and acoustically marvelous St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda, the soloists and musicians of ChorSymphonica and their conductor, Richard Allen Roe, will guide the audience through each movement of this timeless cantata. It is an experience not to be missed!
Co-Presented in the series “Sacred Music in a Sacred Space”with St. Jane Frances de Chantal.
Admission is free, while a $20 donation is suggested.
About “Conversation Concerts”:
A “Conversation Concert” is a unique event, where soloists, chorus and orchestra are employed to illustrate points of a pre-performance lecture. In twenty minutes, we explore the musical and historical context of the programmed work, in order to make the composer’s efforts more accessible to our modern ears, and more relevant to our contemporary way of life. Then we perform the entire work, uninterrupted.
Founded in 2011 by conductor Richard Allen Roe, ChorSymphonica (formerly The Advent Project) is a professional, project-based ensemble of musicians drawn from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, with the goal of making Music That Matters. As a project-based ensemble, ChorSymphonica does not meet on a regular basis for rehearsals, but comes together for brief, intense work periods (“projects”), which culminate in performances. Musicians self-select for projects, depending on their own availability. In this way ChorSymphonica can draw upon the range of qualified musicians throughout the region for concerts. Along with their concert performances, they have developed a unique concert experience, called Conversation Concerts. ChorSymphonica continues to produce these educational and musical events along with traditional (non-lecture) concerts for the enrichment of life in the Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region.
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