The last Bach Vespers of our 2018-2019 season will be on Sunday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m., when the Bach Choir & Ensemble sing J. S. Bach’s Cantata 194, Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest (“Welcome Joyous Festal Day”). This monumental work was written for Trinity Sunday and is an amazingly demanding work for vocalists and instrumentalists.
Following Vespers, we invite patrons to join us at the Little Miami Brewing Company in nearby Old Milford (208 Mill St. Milford, OH 45150) for an post-Vespers get together. They will have reserved tables for B.E.S.T. patrons on their tented patio next to the Little Miami River.
This Vespers service will bring to a close another remarkable season of the Bach Vespers. Ending its sixth year, the Bach Ensemble continues in its mission to present the sacred cantatas on J. S. Bach in their intended context of worship, for which they were written. The Bach Vespers continues to be one of the truly unique spiritual and musical experiences in the region.
On Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m., the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas will perform J. S. Bach’s cantata Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott (“Happy is the man, who to his God”) as part of a Vespers service.
The service will feature the instrumentalists of the Bach Ensemble along with vocal soloists Hayleigh Maloney, Brianna Bragg, Ben Lee, and Christian Pursell. Also featured in the service will be the Choristers and Parish Choir of St. Thomas, under the direction of Bach Ensemble Artistic Director Carlton Monroe.
This season the BEST continues its 200 in 20 Project with the goal of performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas over the course of 20 years. St. Thomas is one of only four other churches nationally which regularly perform the cantatas of Bach in their intended context of worship.
To learn more about the BEST and the Bach Vespers, please visit www.stthomasepiscopal.org or www.bachensemble.org.
The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with J. S. Bach’s great Reformation Day cantata, Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 (“A Mighty Fortress is our God”) led by Director of Music Carlton Monroe. This cantata will be the centerpiece of the Bach Vespers on Sunday, October 22, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Cantata 80 is one of the true masterpieces of the cantata repertoire. It features the familiar hymn tune for which it is named in nearly every movement, in variations which highlight Bach’s genius and creativity.
Soloists will include Melissa Harvey, Lauren McAlister, Jason Vest and Hayden Smith, along with the instrumentalists of the Bach Ensemble. The Bach Ensemble will perform the cantata the following week in a special outreach service at First Lutheran Church, Louisville, Kentucky, as part of that congregations celebration of the Reformation.
The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas begins their eighth year with a Bach Vespers service featuring both a cantata and a motet by J. S. Bach. The prelude to the service will be his magnificent motet Singet dem Herrn nein neues Lied, BWV 225 while the service is centered around the cantata Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin, BWV 144 (Take what is thine and go), both perform by the instrumentalists and singers of the BEST in the intimate space of St. Thomas.
Singet dem Herrn is one of Bach’s most dazzling vocal works, with double chorus participating in a musical high-wire act. Cantata 144 was originally written in Leipzig for performance in 1724 and is scored for soprano, alto, and tenor soloists, choir, strings, oboes and oboe d’amore.
Highlights from the 2017-2018 season include performances of Bach’s great reformation cantata Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott in Cincinnati and Louisville, the annual Messiah Sing-Along, a cantata performance on Christmas Eve prior to St. Thomas’s Midnight Mass, Bach’s arrangement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in March, an April collaboration with the May Festival Youth Chorus, and Bach cantatas every month of the year, September to May.
This season is again part of the BEST’s 200 in 20 Project with the goal of performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas over the course of 20 years.
Redeemer and St Thomas are planning a Fall Adult In Ministry (AIM) trip for October 2-5.Please contact John Tiffany ( 513.646.9655, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in going. Download the registration form to get more information about this trip. You can also check out the Mt T.O.P. website( http://mountain-top.org/adults-in-ministry-aim/more-information/major-home-repair/) We will leave Thursday, October 2nd mid-morning, work Friday and Saturday, and drive back, Sunday, October 5th.
This program is focused on major home repair but no construction experience is required to be a part of this ministry. You just need to be willing to open your heart and mind to what God may be asking you to do for a weekend in the Cumberland Mountains of southern TN. If this weekend doesn’t work for your schedule sign up for one of the other weekends in October.
Come with your family, come with friends! Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation right here in our backyard. Meet at Scenic River Canoe at 1pm. (4595 Round Bottom Rd, 45244) For extra fun, bring super soakers and start a water fight with your family!
$20/[person for 6 mile (long trip. 2 hour)
$15/person for the (short trip, 45min)
Email email@example.com to reserve a canoe.
Indicate how many canoes/people in your group and if you want the short or long trip.
St. Thomas will unveil a new concert series this year called Abendmusik Concerts. Abendmusik (Evening Music) was a term used by Baroque composer Deitrich Buxtehude for the famous series of concerts that were known throughout Northern Europe. For the first Abendmusik Concert we are YoonGeong Lee, a frequent Bach Vespers soloist.
Soprano, YoonGeong Lee is a recent doctorial graduate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For her upcoming St. Thomas concert on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm, she will sing the songs of some of the world’s greatest composers; among them: Mozart, Schubert, Duparc, Martini, Delibes, Satie, Yun and Lehar. YoonGeong spent the past two summers at Tanglewood Music Center as a soprano fellow and received the Grace B.Jackson Award, an annual prize given to an outstanding fellow. Please join with us for another great summer night of music!
More information about Ms. Lee can be seen at www.facebook.com/yoongeongleesoprano
The UC College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir will both be operating special satellite programs beginning this fall at St. Thomas.
CCM Prep will be offering private music lessons based at St. Thomas. Actual offerings will be based on demand, but our recent survey indicated strong interest in many areas including voice, piano, guitar, brass and string. If you are interested in taking private lessons with CCM Prep faculty at St. Thomas, please contact CCM prep and request lessons at St. Thomas. (http://ccm.uc.edu/prep.html)
The Cincinnati Children’s Choir will offer a Satellite Choir Program at St. Thomas. The Satellite Choir will be directed by St. Thomas Director of Music Carlton Monroe and will begin October 5th. The program is a 10 week program for children in grades 3-6 that provides an introduction to choral music and the philosophies of the CCC. Rehearsals for the St. Thomas Satellite Choir will be Sundays, 1-2pm. Please visit the CCC website for more information and to register. (http://www.cincinnatichoir.org/programs/satellite-choirs/)
(Note: St. Thomas Choristers are welcome to participate in both our Chorister program and the CCM Satellite Choir.)
After an incredible summer experience singing at the National Cathedral, our choral program is ready to start-up this fall. Mark your calendar for the following start-up dates, and look for communications with more details on their way:
Parish Choir – Wed., Aug. 27, 7-9pm
Sr. Choristers (grades 6-8) – Wed., Sept. 10, 6:30-8pm
Jr. Choristers (grades 3-5) – Wed., Oct. 1, 6-7pm
Allegro Choir (grades K-2) – Wed. Oct. 1, 4:15-4:45pm