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      July 23, 2019

      Tuesday   7:00 PM

      1441 Post Road
      Darien, Connecticut 06820

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      The Leipzig Cantatas and Passion Settings of J.S. Bach

      Join us for week three of this four-week series on Bach.The Leipzig Cantatas and Passion Settings of J.S. Bach

      Though he was not considered a top-tier candidate at the time, Bach was ultimately hired for what would be his longest-tenured job: Kapellmeister of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. It was during the early years of this appointment that Bach would write some of his most celebrated church cantatas, including BWV 140 - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme ('Awake, calls the voice to us') and BWV 51 - Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen ("Exult in God in every land"). It was also during this period that the composer would write some of his most expressive music in the form of his two Passion Oratorios.

      Can't make the live event? Check out the video recording at DarienLibrary.tvAbout the Presenter

      Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching", as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was presented with the "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College." At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.

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