The Bach Society of Dayton will conclude its 10th anniversary season next Sunday with “Bach to the Future” at Kettering Adventist Church.
Joined by a chamber orchestra and accompanist R. Alan Kimbrough, the 60-member Bach Society chorus will offer a jubilant program appropriately featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach as well as fellow baroque and classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and George Philipp Telemann in addition to contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen.
“In terms of texture and clarity, Bach and Mozart particularly make fine companions on the program,” said John Neely, Bach Society of Dayton music director. “Our organization sings Mozart very well. His music is always so buoyant and effervescent. Bach is definitely more technically difficult, but Mozart is tough as well. But we put this concert together to ensure a bright, bubbly feel. Having done Bach’s big, emotional ‘St. Matthew Passion’ in March, we wanted to strive for something lighter.”
In addition, soprano Andrea Chenoweth, a Springfield native and artist-in-residence at the University of Dayton, will be spotlighted on Mozart’s stunning “Exsultate, jubilate” featuring the spirited “Alleluia.”
“My career has centered on a lot of Mozart and a lot of modern music,” said Chenoweth. “Mozart’s music teaches you how to do everything. His music is also very singer-friendly. Mozart knew how to write to showcase voices to their most beautiful capacity. ‘Exsultate’ is a challenging work with big interval jumps, but it’s a delightful piece.”
“The Bach Society has been so good to me,” she added. “They are very friendly and I’ve sung with them for about nine years. John Neely in particular is such a fantastic musician and a wonderful conductor and collaborator. He understands voices very well. Any concert I get to sing with the Bach Society is a pleasure. It’s like singing with friends.”
As Neely prepares to fine-tune the concert, which will reunite former singers of the Bach Society and its predecessor the Dayton Bach Society, he is encouraged by the growth of the organization, which continues to inspire and nurture the next generation of choral singers. He is also grateful for the continuous support the troupe has received within the community.
“We feel very good about the community support, especially financially,” he said. “It took a lot of money to do this season, particularly ‘St. Matthew Passion.’ The grants we received were very important. I really hope our audience feels uplifted by this concert and appreciates how each piece speaks, what each piece communicates. It’s going to be a nice springtime variety.”
HOW TO GO
What: Bach Society of Dayton presents “Bach to the Future”
Where: Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Rd., Kettering
When: 3 p.m. next Sunday, May 5
Cost: $18 for adults; $10 for students; Children 12 and under are admitted free.
Tickets: Call (937) 294-2224, go online to www.bachsoceityofdayton.org or purchase at the door.
More info: www.bachsocietyofdayton.org
FYI: A free concert preview featuring Andrea Chenoweth titled “Are You Related to Kristin Chenoweth? A Conversation with Andrea Chenoweth, Soprano,” moderated by Dr. Sharon Davis Gratto, professor and chair of the University of Dayton’s Department of Music, begins at 2 p.m.