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All-Bach Organ Concert
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Pittsfield, MA
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All-Bach Organ Concert
Bach's chorales and settings of the Passiontide and Easter sections of his Little Organ Book. Each chorale will be sung before Bach's descriptive arrangement is played. Also, Bach's Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572, and the Trio Sonata #1 in E-flat, BWV 525, the first of 6 Sonatas in which the organist's hands play the parts of treble instruments while the feet assume the bass line.
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The program paints an aural picture of Bach's world and faith, highlighting the personal drama of his music, as it depicts profound joy and deepest sorrow. At its center are the chorales and settings of the Passiontide and Easter sections of his Orgelbüchlein, or Little Organ Book. Each chorale will be sung (7 for Passiontide and 6 for Easter) before Bach's descriptive arrangement is played.

Lenten Chorale Preludes from the Orgelbüchlein
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig
Christe, du Lamm Gottes
Christus der uns selig macht
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund
O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Hilf Gott, dass mir's gelinge BWV 618
BWV 619
BWV 620
BWV 621
BWV 622
BWV 623
BWV 624
Easter Chorale Preludes from the Orgelbüchlein
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland
Christ ist erstanden
Erstanden ist der heilige Christ
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag
Heut' triumphiret Gottes Sohn BWV 625
BWV 626
BWV 627
BWV 628
BWV 629
BWV 630

Also included in the program is Bach's Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572, the only work which he titled in French. Its three movements are also in French, Très vitement, Gravement, Lentement.  Of particular delight and clarity will be the Trio Sonata #1 in E-flat, BWV 525, the first of 6 Sonatas in which the player assumes the role of an ensemble, the hands playing the parts of treble instruments while the feet assume the bass line.

Concert and recording artist, Christa Rakich, directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford, CT.  She has also served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Brandeis University, and the University of Connecticut, and as Assistant University Organist at Harvard.  Her Artist-in-Residencies have included the University of Pennsylvania and First Lutheran Church in Boston.  As a Fulbright Scholar, Christa Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria.  She holds Bachelor's degrees in Organ and German from Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa).  After receipt of her Master's degree with honors from New England Conservatory, she was asked to join the faculty there, where she taught for many years.  A prizewinner at international organ competitions (notably Bruges 1976), Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. With keyboardist Peter Sykes, she performed a complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works in a series of 34 concerts from 2003 to 2005 aptly named Tuesdays With Sebastian.  With keyboardist Susan Ferré, Rakich is a founding performer of the Big Moose Bach Festival in Berlin, New Hampshire.  Recordings include Bach's Clavierübung III, Leipzig Chorales and Trio Sonatas.

Miranda Harris Bergmeier, originally from Brooklyn, Connecticut, has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. She majored in Music at Bryn Mawr College, and earned a law degree at Vermont Law School.  Last year, Miranda and her family moved to Berlin, NH, after living for the past ten years in Vermont.  In Vermont, Miranda sang with the Randolph Singers, Sounding Joy, the Otter Creek Choral Society, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  Also in Vermont, from 2006 to 2010, Miranda was a member of Counterpoint, a professional 12-voice ensemble under the direction of Robert DeCormier. Most recently, Miranda performed in the 2011 Big Moose Bach Festival in Berlin and Gorham, NH.  Miranda lives in Berlin, NH with her husband, their daughter, two cats and a happy crazy Labrador retriever.


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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (View)
67 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
United States


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Music > Classical

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