Juneau Bach Society

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, Winter Concerts 2016

The program includes Cantata BWV 70, Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Watch, pray, pray, watch), the chamber work BWV 1060R (the double concerto for Oboe and Violin), the Corelli Op 6, number 4 double violin concerto, and the Saint Anne Fugue for Organ.

The concert features vocal soloists Jessica Skiba, Wendy Byrnes, Mark Calvert, and Philippe Damerval, and instrumental soloists Steve Tada, Jetta Whittaker, Lindsay Clark, David Miller, Nancy Nash, and Laurie Clough. Chorus and orchestra are conducted by Bruce Simonson.

Saturday, December 3, 8 PM - Northern Light United Church

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Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 8 PM - Northern Light United Church

Sunday, December 4, 3 PM - Chapel by the Lake

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Dec 4, 2016 3 PM - Chapel by the Lake
JBS Winter 2016 poster

Choir rehearsals are at Resurrection Lutheran Church, on Monday and Thursday evenings -- but check the calendar here JBS performance and rehearsal calendar for particulars on specific days.


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

Wake, awake!

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 stunning music which, as the cantata progresses, becomes more and more intimate, and culminates in a chorale of exquisite beauty.

Cantata 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", is one of Bach's best known works. The cantata was written for the last sunday in the Lutheran church year, and speaks of the need for preparation, in anticipation of the coming of Christ in the upcoming Advent season, as well as at the end 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.

Featured performers include Kathleen Wayne, Mark Calvert, Philippe Damerval, Lisa Ibias, Jetta Whittaker, Emily Weaver, and Rick Trostel, with Bruce Simonson conducting.