Masaaki Suzuki and Yale Schola Cantorum: Bach Motets
Presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music at Memorial Church - Harvard
November 9, 2012
On Friday, November 9, 2012, Masaaki Suzuki, founder and director of the world-renowned Bach Collegium Japan, will conduct the Yale Schola Cantorum in a performance of Bach cantatas. Also featured on the program are members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. This free concert will take place at 5 pm at Christ Church Episcopal (84 Broadway at Elm, New Haven).
Like all Bach cantatas, the three on this program—Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (BWV 150); Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106); Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl (BWV 198)— were composed either for use during Sunday worship or to suit a special occasion. Cantatas provided an important opportunity for scriptural insight and meditation, and in the case of these three cantatas, had their origins in penitential services and funerals.