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    Boston , MA 02116
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    In residence at Emmanuel Church in Boston, the ensembles and soloists of Emmanuel Music present approximately 50 concerts annually in three series: the Cantata Series, the Evening Series, and the Chamber Series. Emmanuel Music was founded in 1970 when Craig Smith, who had recently been appointed music director of Emmanuel Church, began conducting performances of the complete cycle of approximately 200 sacred cantatas by J.S. Bach in the...

    In residence at Emmanuel Church in Boston, the ensembles and soloists of Emmanuel Music present approximately 50 concerts annually in three series: the Cantata Series, the Evening Series, and the Chamber Series. Emmanuel Music was founded in 1970 when Craig Smith, who had recently been appointed music director of Emmanuel Church, began conducting performances of the complete cycle of approximately 200 sacred cantatas by J.S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended. During the 1970's, concurrent with the weekly cantata series, Craig Smith instituted an orchestral series and a chamber music series, which gradually led to what is now Emmanuel Music, Inc. In 1980, Emmanuel Music incorporated, with its own program and Board of Directors. Following the death of its founder Craig Smith in 2007, composer and Principal Guest Conductor John Harbison assumed the title of Acting Artistic Director, with Michael Beattie serving as Associate Conductor.


     

     

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    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 29, “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    September 20, 2015

    EMMANUEL MUSIC - Bach Cantata Series

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    September 20, 2015 - May 15, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 14, “Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    September 27, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Rearranged

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall

    October 3, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Haydn Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass), Hob. XXII/11

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    October 4, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 95, “Christus, der ist mein Leben”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    October 11, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 187, “Es wartet alles auf dich”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    October 18, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 110, “Unser Mund sei voll Lachens”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    October 25, 2015

    Mendelssohn/Wolf Chamber Series, Year II - Mendelssohn

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    October 25, 2015

    Mendelssohn/Wolf Chamber Series, Year II - Featuring the Lydian String Quartet

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    November 1, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 106, “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    November 1, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 188, “Ich habe meine Zuversicht”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    November 8, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Magnificat in D Major BWV 243

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    November 15, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 115, “Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    November 22, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 36, “Schwingt freudig euch empor”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    November 29, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 167, “Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    December 6, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 132, “Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    December 13, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 62, “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland II”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    December 20, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 91, “Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    December 24, 2015

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 32, “Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    January 3, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 124, “Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    January 10, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 13, “Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    January 17, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 76, “Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    January 24, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 125, “Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    January 31, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 130, “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    February 7, 2016

    EMMANUEL MUSIC - Lindsey Chapel Series

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    February 11 - March 17, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 198, “Laß, Fürstin, laß einen Strahl”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    February 14, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 46, “Schauet doch und sehet”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    February 21, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Mendelssohn Psalm 42, Op. 42, MWV A 15, “Wie der Hirsch schreit”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    February 28, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 5, “Wo soll ich fliehen hin?”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    March 6, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 227, “Jesu, meine Freude”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    March 13, 2016

    EMMANUEL MUSIC - Bach Reconstructed

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    March 19, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 182, “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    March 20, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Pergolesi Stabat Mater?

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    March 25, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    March 27, 2016

    Mendelssohn/Wolf Chamber Series, Year II - Wolf

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    April 3, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 42, “Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats”?

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    April 3, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Reinvented

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    April 9, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Mendelssohn Cantata Op. 111, MWV A7, “Wer nur den lieben Gott”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    April 10, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Motet BWV 228, “Fürchte dich nicht”?

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    April 17, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 146, “Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal”?

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    April 24, 2016

    Mendelssohn/Wolf Chamber Series, Year II - Featuring the Arneis String Quartet

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    May 1, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 59, “Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten I”?

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    May 1, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 43, “Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen”

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    May 8, 2016

    Emmanuel Music: Bach Cantata BWV 74, “Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten II”?

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

    May 15, 2016

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    • Article: Emmanuel emerges from founder's shadow
      The Boston Globe - Jun 05, 2009
      By David Weininger

      From its creation in 1970, Emmanuel Music has been associated inextricably with the artistic spirit of its founder, Craig Smith. Even after Smith's death, in 2007, his influence has lingered. The organization's last two seasons had been planned by Sm… Expand

      From its creation in 1970, Emmanuel Music has been associated inextricably with the artistic spirit of its founder, Craig Smith. Even after Smith's death, in 2007, his influence has lingered. The organization's last two seasons had been planned by Smith prior to his passing.

      With its 2009-10 season, announced earlier this week, Emmanuel is emerging from its founder's shadow. The season is the first to have been designed by the group's interim leadership: acting artistic director John Harbison and associate conductor Michael Beattie. They have focused on a pair of very different Viennese composers in Joseph Haydn and Arnold Schoenberg. Music from each will figure into Emmanuel's two evening concerts and the six concerts of its chamber series. It represents a shift away from the music of Bach, which has been the locus of much of the group's energies over the last two seasons.

      Speaking by phone from his summer home in Wisconsin earlier this week, Harbison explained that the choice was influenced by personal preference. "It was partly that I'm there one more year, and these are two of my favorite composers. I've spent a lot of time with them." He and Emmanuel colleagues also liked the fact that this was a compact survey that could be carried out in one year, in contrast to the multiyear cycles devoted to a single composer that the group has favored in the past.

      Asked what the two composers share, Harbison answered, "These are the ones that every composer had to take account of. I can't think of any music after Haydn that doesn't have to react somehow to what he discovered. And Schoenberg's vocabulary, whether people are warm to his music, is the most important reexamination of how we hear concert music since Haydn."

      The first of the two evening concerts (Nov. 14) is centered on the Genesis story. It is anchored by Haydn's great oratorio "The Creation," with Emmanuel's chorus and orchestra and a roster of familiar soloists. Preceding it on the program is Schoenberg's orchestral prelude to a suite on the Biblical creation story jointly composed by seven emigre composers living in Los Angeles in the 1940s.

      The second concert (April 17) mixes Schoenberg's "Accompaniment to a Film Scene" and Five Pieces for Orchestra (arranged for chamber ensemble) with Haydn's infrequently played Sinfonia Concertante and Symphony No. 70. Harbison was surprised that here, as elsewhere in the season, the Haydn selections are more likely than the Schoenberg to be the rarities.

      The chamber series is divided into two sequences of Sunday concerts. The first, in October and November, mixes vocal and chamber works from both composers. The second sequence, in April and May, combines Schoenberg's complete piano music with sonatas by Haydn. These three concerts will be played by Russell Sherman, a longtime Emmanuel associate.

      Though Bach is no longer the main focus, he will hardly disappear from Emmanuel Music's activities in the coming season. As is longtime practice, one of the composer's cantatas will be heard at each Sunday service at Emmanuel Church. A new tradition that will continue is the sequence of free noontime concerts in the intimate Lindsey Chapel during the Lenten season. Having presented Bach's solo music for violin and cello in previous seasons, the group now moves to his six Partitas for keyboard, with Beattie opening the series on Feb. 18 with the Third and Robert Levin closing it on March 25 with the Sixth.

      Other events include a season-opening benefit concert at Scullers Jazz Club, on Sept. 16, featuring a new collection of jazz-flavored songs by Harbison; and a Good Friday performance of the St. Luke Passion by Heinrich Schuttz on April 2.

      "Whatever happens with Emmanuel, it will be in many ways different," Harbison said, reflecting on the group's future and relation to its traditions. "The healthiest thing that could happen, I think, is that it goes on as identifiably itself and identifiably something fresh."

      Pat Krol, Emmanuel's executive director, says that a search for a permanent music director is ongoing, with an announcement expected next spring. Tickets for the season's concerts go on sale June 18.
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