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Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity: Easter Oratorio BWV 249

Donald Meineke, conductor

The Bach Vespers Players and Singers

Ever since the revival of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music in the late 19th century, his choral and instrumental masterpieces have thrilled audiences in symphonic halls and at Bach Festivals throughout the country. However, since 1968, Holy Trinity has returned the sacred music of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries to its intended place, the church, presenting cantatas and motets during the historic evening setting of Vespers.  This music takes on new life and renewed purpose inside Holy Trinity as it is accompanied by solemn processions, mystical chant, ancient texts, and sacred architecture—the setting for which Bach was writing. In the world of historical performance practice, it doesn’t get any more accurate. Simply put: we do Bach on Bach’s terms.