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2018–19 SEASON

Thu., Sept. 20, 7:30 pm

Award-winning German organist Martin Schmeding has delighted audiences all over the world and has been described as "superlatively good — good enough to allow you to forget there is someone working the instrument."

Sun., Oct. 21, 6:00 pm

In 1817, the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig staged a grand celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Reformation. Join us as we re-create this spectacular event, which will include the American premiere of a majestic Mass by Vincenzo Righini, a contemporary of Mozart.

Fri., Nov. 9, 7:30 pm

The Musicalisches Gesangbuch (Musical Hymnbook), compiled by Georg Christian Schemelli in 1736, is an intimate collection of songs — including some by Bach — about personal faith and the human experience. Join beloved countertenor Ryland Angel and Bach Society Houston director Rick Erickson as they perform this rarely-heard music.

Sun., Dec. 16, 6:00 pm

Full of musical symbolism of the Christmas story, the cantata “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” BWV 61, is one of Bach’s most theologically profound works. Come hear this piece — and other musical meditations — at this celebratory Bach Vespers.

Tue., Jan. 1, 6:00 pm

Our annual New Year’s Day Organ Concert features Amanda Mole, an incredibly engaging artist — and recent winner of the Musashino Competition in Tokyo — who has quickly become one of America’s most outstanding organists.

Thu., Jan. 24, 7:30 pm

Welsh musician Guy Whatley, recently acclaimed by the Arizona Daily Star as a “rock star on the harpsichord,” performs royal harpsichord music from the Tudor and Elizabethan periods by Tallis, Byrd, Tomkins, and more.

Sun., Feb. 10, 6:00 pm

University Organist at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music, Kathrine Handford is an accomplished teacher, performer, competition winner, and orchestral soloist. Come hear her perform on our magnificent organ.

Sun., Feb. 24, 6:00 pm

With elegant orchestral writing and vivid text depiction, Bach’s cantata “Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit” BWV 111 (“What my God wills, may it always happen”) displays the High Baroque style at its very best. 

Fri., Mar. 8, 7:30 pm

On the heels of last year’s warmly received program of concerti for three and four harpsichords, we now take a look at Bach’s concerti for two harpsichords. These extraordinary pieces can be considered as ancestors to piano concerti by Mozart and Beethoven.

Sun., Mar. 24, 6:00 pm

One of the world’s most sought-after organists, David Higgs is known for communicating with audiences like no other. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear this legendary artist on our spectacular instrument.

Sun., Apr. 14, 6:00 pm | Fri., Apr. 19, 3:00 pm

One of Bach’s greatest achievements, the St. Matthew Passion is regularly performed by full orchestras and large choruses. But recent scholarship suggests that’s not how Bach would have performed it. With only eight singers and a small instrumental ensemble, we present this immortal masterpiece as Bach might have heard it.

Fri., May 10, 7:30 pm

In the sixteenth century at St. Mark’s in Venice, composers developed a new style of music that used two choirs singing in alternation. Some of the sublime and ethereal pieces to emerge from this tradition, including works by Gabrieli and Praetorius, will be performed by the Bach Choir and the Early Music Ensemble from Sam Houston State University.

Fri., May 31, 7:30 pm

Inspired by the Roman bronze horse statues in St. Mark’s Basilica, the aptly named Dark Horse Consort is dedicated to unearthing the majestic late Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire for brass instruments.

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