Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A masterpiece of sacred music, this cycle of seven cantatas is beautiful and inspirational.
Laura Heimes, Shari Alise Wilson, sopranos; José Lemos, countertenor; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Steven Hrycelak, bass; Dongmyung Ahn, Boel Gidholm, violins; David Morris, Zoe Weiss, gambas; Heather Miller Lardin, violone; Michael Beattie, organ; Deborah Fox, theorbo.
Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 4:00pm (Pre-concert talk at 3:15pm)

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Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German composer and organist in the late 17th century. Famous in his own day, he was sought out by other musicians, and Johann Sebastian Bach, as a young man, famously walked 250 miles to meet the master and hear his music! This compelling piece has been described as “a king’s ransom of vocal beauty, moving at times in … sequences that resemble pop music-styled harmonic movement”.

Our program will also include a sonata for 2 violins and 3 viols by Johann Rosenmuller, a composer who helped to bring the Italian style to northern Europe, and influenced Buxtehude.

José Lemos, countertenor

José Lemos, countertenor