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Dryden Ensemble presents Bach Cantata Fest



The Dryden Ensemble will present a “Bach Cantata Fest” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Miller Chapel, on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and free to students with ID. They may be purchased at the door or at drydenensemble.org.

The program provides audience members with an opportunity to hear three rarely performed masterpieces of J.S. Bach: Cantatas 85, 111, and 138.

Scored for four solo voices with an ensemble of two oboes, strings and chamber organ, the cantatas will feature a quartet of Baroque specialists: soprano Teresa Wakim, mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith, tenor Jason McStoots and baritone William Sharp. Written during Bach’s first two years in Leipzig, these cantatas illustrate the composer’s mastery of counterpoint, harmony and text setting, and his use of dance types in sacred vocal music.

The ensemble continues its celebration of Bach on March 4 with the “Goldberg Variations” performed by Adam Pearl; on April 8 with Organic Bach, an all-Bach organ recital featuring Eric Plutz; and on April 21 and 22 with Bach & Beyond, a concert of chamber music by J.S. Bach, Janitsch, Telemann, and J.C. Bach.

The Dryden Ensemble includes Jane McKinley and Julie Brye, oboes; Vita Wallace and Rebecca Harris, violins; Fran Berge, viola; Lisa Terry, cello and viola da gamba; Motomi Igarashi, double bass; and Webb Wiggins, chamber organ, all performing on period instruments.

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