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Emmanuel Music: Sunday Cantata Series

Name:

Sunday Cantata Series

Location:

Boston, Massachusetts

Venues:

Emmanuel Church - 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Years:

Since 1970 (Cantata Series)

Months:

September-May

Artistic Director:

Craig Smith (1970-2007)
John Harbison, Acting Artistic Director (2007-2009)
Ryan Turner (2010-Present)
Michael Beattie, Associate Conductor

Ensembles:

Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music

Website:

Emmanuel Music (Official Website)
Emmanuel Music (Wikipedia)

Mission

Emmanuel Music seeks to enrich the cultural life of the Boston community through the presentation of concerts at the highest artistic standard that reflect a commitment to musical values, artistic and spiritual creativity, and social responsibility. In the spirit of cultivating a vibrant cultural community, we strive to explore music in new and innovative ways while providing talented emerging and established musicians a nurturing environment in which to perform and perfect their art.

History:

Emmanuel Music was founded in 1970 by Craig Smith to perform the complete cycle of over 200 sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended, an endeavor twice completed and a tradition which continues today. Over the years, Emmanuel Music has garnered critical and popular acclaim through its presentations of large-scale and operatic works by J.S. Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, Schubert, and Mozart, as well as its in-depth exploration of the chamber music of composers including Schumann, Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and Schubert.

Emmanuel Music has nurtured a group of vocal and instrumental musicians who have performed together over many years. Many of these musicians perform as soloists in the cantatas and concerts of large-scale and chamber works; a good number have become renowned at the local, national, and international level. Emmanuel Music has also performed for many years in ground-breaking collaborations with leading visionaries among the other arts, including choreographer Mark Morris and stage director Peter Sellars, whose works have become a hallmark of Emmanuel's innovative programming.

After the death of founder Craig Smith in 2007, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison took over as Acting Artistic Director, collaborating with Associate Conductor Michael Beattie. Both musicians have been involved with Emmanuel Music for many years, and both are committed to continuing the tradition that Craig Smith began over 35 years ago.

A two-year search ended in March 2009 with the selection of Ryan Turner as the second Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music. Turner is a testament to Craig Smithís philosophy of developing young talent: he performed as a tenor with Emmanuel Music since 1997 and was chosen by Craig Smith to conduct a number of cantatas, particularly in the last year of Craig Smithís illness. Turner has begun to put his own stamp on Emmanuel Musicís programming. In addition to the large Bach choral works that he plans to keep in repertoire, Turner has introduced the music of Igor Stravinsky, ending his first season with The Rakeís Progress, an opera in the style of Mozart that Craig Smith never had his wished-for chance to perform.

The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music, Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church, presents weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by John Harbison, Acting Artistic Director; Michael Beattie, Associate Conductor; and guests.

Logo:

2007-2008

2008-2009 - 1

2008-2009 - 2

Source: Emmanuel Music Website

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (November 2009 - October 2011)

Craig Smith: Short Biography | Emmanuel Music | Recordings of Vocal Works | General Discussions | Sunday Cantata Series
Craig Smith & Emmanuel Music w/ Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson (Mezzo-soprano) - Cantatas BWV 82 & BWV 199

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