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Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival
The Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival continues its fourth annual program celebrating the variety and genius of Bach’s music, Sunday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.
Festival co-director Richard Benedum will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. prior to each performance, describing how a new manuscript copy of the Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy" has just been authenticated within the past year. The Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival will also present concerts on February 25 and 26, 2012, featuring chamber music by Bach performed on period instruments from the Baroque era, including violin, cello, flute and harpsichord.
The November concerts, under the direction of Ann Stephenson-Moe and Richard Benedum, will include orchestral, keyboard, and choral music by J. S. Bach and his son, Johann Christian Bach. Jennifer Best and Christopher Takeda, principal violinists in the Sarasota Orchestra, will solo in Bach’s "Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor." Ann Stephenson-Moe, harpsichord, will perform the "Concerto in E-Flat" by Johann Christian Bach. The Bach festival chorus will perform Bach’s "Cantata 104, Du Hirte Israel," and a selection from Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio" under the direction of festival co-director Richard Benedum, with soloists Alan Brunton and David Verdoni, tenors; and Daniel Cartlidge, baritone. Isabelle Besançon, cello, will perform Bach’s "Suite No. 4" for unaccompanied cello. Julane Rodgers will perform Bach’s well-known "Chromatic Fantasy" for solo harpsichord, and alto Rachel Assi will join forces with Jennifer Best to perform the moving "Erbarme dich" from Bach’s great "St. Matthew Passion."
More About Church of The Redeemer
The Church of the Redeemer, located in downtown Sarasota, is a member of the American Anglican Council. The church's congregation numbers around 1,800 people. Those visiting the church will find it in the middle of a peaceful courtyard, with an inviting atmosphere and plenty of space for parking. The Church of the Redeemer has music and youth programs as well as worship services and study groups.