Saint Thomas: Music for the Eve of Ascension

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Saint Thomas Church
1 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Saint Thomas: Music for the Eve of Ascension

Bach and Vivaldi gaze from Earth to heaven in this Ascension Eve celebration, concluding the choral season at St. Thomas. Bach’s Cantata 37 his first written specifically for the holy occasion, was described by Sir John Eliot Gardiner as “emollient and graceful, a halfway house between a minuet and a waltz, affirming a more serene side to faith.” In his “Lutheran” Mass in G minor, Bach affirms his own music, borrowing brilliantly from his Cantatas 72, 102, and 187. Concluding the program is Vivaldi’s rousing Gloria, RV.588, the lesser known of the composer’s Gloria settings and yet no less masterful as a cascading exhortation of praise.

J.S. BACH Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37
J.S. BACH 'Lutheran' Mass in G Minor, BWV 235
VIVALDI Introduzione e Gloria, RV 588