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Court Organist/Konzermeister
Weimar 1708–1717

Bach’s Early Voice:
The Weimar Cantatas


In 1708, when Bach was 23 years old, he became court organist and chamber musician at the ducal court in Weimar. By the spring of 1714, he was promoted to Konzertmeister (ensemble director), an honor that entailed performing a church cantata monthly in the castle church. This program explores the earliest cantatas Bach composed before and during his period at Weimar. These ethereal and introspective works represent some of Bach’s most poignant compositions as they illustrate the intense clarity of Bach’s early compositional voice.

Concert Venue:
Cultural Arts Center

Johann Sebastian Bach
Christlag in Todesbanden, BWV 4
Klagen, sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
Aus der Teifen rufe ich, BWV 131

Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Charles Humphries, countertenor
Kyle Stegall, tenor
David Newman, bass

“a triumphant performance. . . . . dynamite reading . . . rolled out magnificently and with exuberant conviction.”