‘Christmas with the Bach Family’ magical Musicians of the Old Post Road with opera soloists coming to Gloucester Meetinghouse UU Church

GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION presents The Musicians of the Old Post Road ‘Christmas with the Bach Family’ Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30pm Corner of Middle & Church Street, Gloucester, MA

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Press release from the Gloucester Meetinghouse:
EVENT DESCRIPTION The Musicians of the Old Post Road, a renowned New England chamber music ensemble consisting of violin, viola, cello, flute and harpsichord, will perform seasonal works of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers of the Bach family with distinguished vocal soloists in the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse.
HIGHLIGHTS The Musicians of the Old Post Road return for their 3rd season in the Meetinghouse. They will present a banquet of Bach family works for the holidays including Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s rarely-performed and delightful oratorio Die Kindheit Jesu, along with a sumptuous sampling of arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, cousin Johann Ludwig, and of course, Johann Sebastian Bach.

The ensemble is joined in this concert by soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim.

The Musicians of the Old Post Road is a chamber ensemble, based in the Boston area, that specializes in the period instrument performance of dynamic and diverse music from the Baroque to early Romantic eras. Its repertoire includes compelling “rediscovered” works that have been lost to audiences for centuries. Audiences and critics agree that Old Post Road’s approach to historical performance is fresh and engaging. In 1998, the group was chosen as the recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society. The ensemble has toured North America and Europe and has six CD recordings to its credit.

Founded by Artistic Directors Suzanne Stumpf and Daniel Ryan, the ensemble takes its name from its acclaimed concert series, originally entitled Old Post Road Historic Concerts, begun in 1989. The concert series brings period instrument performances to historical buildings such as meetinghouses, churches, mansions, and museums. The venues trace the route of the old
Boston Post Road, the first thoroughfare connecting Boston and New York City beginning in the 1670s. The ensemble’s repertoire stretches from the late 17th to the mid-19th century, the exact period of the Old Post Road’s importance. In 2006, the ensemble was featured on WCVB television’s Chronicle program about the history of the old Boston Post Road.

TICKETS ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR – cash, check or credit card Preferred $45 General $30 Students $10 with ID 12 & Under Free

LOCATION AND MORE INFORMATION The Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) is located on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Street. Event parking is allowed on the green and is available at other parking lots nearby in the Historic District. An elevator up to the Sanctuary level is available from the side entrance at 10 Church Street. For anyone unable to pay, limited free tickets are available; email requests to info@gloucestermeetinghouse.org For advance ticket purchases and more information please visit http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

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