Festival of Bach Music from Motets and Cantatas


Music, Gettysburg! is pleased to present an all Bach program Sunday, May 4th at 4pm in the Seminary Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge, featuring masterful singing of the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, full instrumentation, organ and vocal solos and duets.
This almost all-Bach program offers some of the most moving music from Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas, motets and organ works including familiar music from Cantata 4 Christ Lay in Death’s Dark Bands and Cantata 79, God the Lord is Sun and Shield. The Schola will perform the energetic Motet VI and Stephen P. Folkemer will perform Fantasia in G, BWV 572 on the Seminary’s Andover tracker organ.

Under the direction of Stephen P. Folkemer, the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg is a 25 voice ensemble from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia specializing in early music and regularly performing in the Music, Gettysburg! vespers offerings.

Since its founding in 1986, the Schola Cantorum has specialized in presenting Renaissance and early Baroque choral music in the context for which it was intended – services of worship. It has also presented Bach’s Mass in B Minor in concert, performed regularly with the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, and presented concert version of more recent works, such as the Brahms German Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and evenings of works by its founder and director, Stephen Folkemer. They most recently performed in the 2013 Christmas concert and the Choral Advent Vespers earlier in the same month.

Soloists for the Bachfest include members of the Schola Cantorum:  Margaret Folkemer, soprano, Pamela Pisano, soprano, Becky Rinehart, alto Andrew Rosenfeld, tenor, John Widmann, bass, Maria Erling, alto, Mark Oldenburg, baritone, Shanna Hollich, soprano, and John Rinehart, baritone. David Erikson will serve as organist and Peter Johnston, trumpet, will accompany designated segments of the music as well.

Enjoy the free concert featuring the  Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg bringing vocal and choral masterpieces to life, with full instrumentation at the Seminary chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge.

Music, Gettyburg! is a premier free concert series featuring the finest regional, national and international musicians hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The seminary chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge on the west edge of Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000ext 2197 or email or visit the web site at
Posted: 4/28/2014 4:22:01 PM by John Spangler | with 0 comments

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