Sunday, Dec. 15th, 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – Two Performances!
The Swedneborgian Church Choir with chamber orchestra perform selections from Bach’s Christmas masterpiece.
Tickets $30 online and at the door:
“A sonic and spiritual harmony between heaven and earth, ingeniously composed with gripping intensity.”
The combination of San Francisco’s intimate architectural gem, the Swedenborgian Church, with its Arts & Crafts detail and roaring fireplace, and the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach as performed by Bay Area period-instrument specialists, will create an unforgettable evening ten days before Christmas. Bach’s brilliance comforts us as we launch into the busiest musical season of the year, promising joy and solace to all who attend.
Written in 1734, J. S. Bach’s popular Christmas work is one of the choral masterpieces of the Baroque era and is truly a holiday experience like no other. The full six-part cantata describes the birth of Christ, though we will be performing 75 minutes of excerpts, mostly from the cantatas directly related to the Christmas story itself.
The concert is directed by Bay area organist, Jonathan Dimmock, himself a leading Bach interpreter. Jonathan co-founded American Bach Soloists in 1989, has a Grammy Award with the SF Symphony (where he is the regular organist), gives weekly concerts at the Legion of Honor Museum (where he is Principal Organist), tours on six continents, and has more than 50 recordings to his credit. He is joined by his friends and early music colleagues in bringing this masterpiece to life.
The Swedenborgian Church is a National Historic Landmark in Pacific Heights known for its rustic Arts and Crafts architecture, cozy candlelit sanctuary, and festive music events year-round. All are welcome.