Welcome to the internet home of the Juneau Bach Society.
Founded in 1988, the Juneau Bach Society provides opportunities to perform music from the early Baroque through Romantic periods. The JBS focuses on works in the choral/orchestral repertoire, with particular emphasis on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
At the heart of the mission of the JBS is the desire to introduce musicians to the genius inherent in this musical repertoire, and to offer informed performances of these masterpieces to Juneau audiences.
To this end, the JBS often collaborates with other musical organizations in Juneau, including the Alaska Youth Choir, the Juneau Symphony, the Juneau Lyric Opera, Juneau's Opera-to-Go, choirs from the Juneau Douglas school district, and various "unaffiliated" musicians and ad hoc ensembles from the community.
The Juneau Bach Society welcomes musicians of all ages, regardless of recent performance experience.
Juneau Bach Society, Christmas Concerts 2012, Northern Light United Church
Saturday, December 1, 8 PM
Sunday, December 2, 3 PM
$15 general admission; $10 seniors, students - tickets at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and the Door.
Cantatas for the Beginning and Ending of Time
BWV 19 - Es erhub sich ein Streit
Great Discord Arose.
BWV 140 - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Cantata 19, "Es erhub sich ein Streit" is based in part on the passage
in the Book of Revelations where St Michael and legions of angels take
on the Devil and his minions. The work begins with a full battle scene,
ala Bach at his best, in the music of the high Baroque. This is
music which, as the cantata progresses, becomes more and more
and culminates in a chorale of exquisite beauty.
140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", is one of Bach's best
works. The cantata was written for the last sunday in the Lutheran
church year, and speaks of the need for preparation, in anticipation of
coming of Christ in the upcoming Advent season, as well as at the
of the liturgical cycle.
Both of these works are exceptional,
featuring parts for solo voices,
obbligato violin and oboe, full
orchestra with trumpets and timpani, and full chorus.
performers include Kathleen Wayne, Mark Calvert, Philippe Damerval,
Ibias, Jetta Whittaker, Emily Weaver, and Rick Trostel,
with Bruce Simonson conducting.