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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.  
 

CURRENT SEASON

 
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.