Founded in 1974 by the organist-choirmaster at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, Karel Paukert, Bach Week in Evanston was initially conceived as an annual spring event that would spotlight the superb Saint Luke’s Choir and area instrumentalists in performing masterworks of Johann Sebastian Bach. In recent years, Bach Week has expanded, and works of Bach’s contemporaries are performed as well. Under the careful direction of the present organist-choirmaster of Saint Luke’s, Richard Webster, Bach Week concludes this weekend with the CSO’s George Vosburgh and Michael Henoch in the Hertel Concerto for Trumpet and Oboe. Bach himself will be represented by two large and important works: his festive Orchestral Suite no. 1 in C Major (BWV 1066) and his magnificent Cantata no. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben. Not only will this cantata offer a rare chance to hear Bach’s most famous chorale, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” in its original form and context rather than as a separate arrangement, but the entire cantata will be performed by a magnificent nearly all-male choir (there are four female altos in a choir of 38)–complete with the pure sound of well-trained boy sopranos–creating the unique and rarely heard choral sonority that Bach intended. Organist James R. Brown will open the concert with the Toccata in D Minor by Buxtehude. Sunday, 7:30 PM, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman, Evanston; 866-6020.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Terry’s Photography.