January 11–Recording Bach: The Composer, the Organist, and the Countertenor
Johann Sebastian Bach composed or refined many song settings for Christian Schemelli’s 1736 Gesangbuch. Rick Erickson, director of Bach Society Houston, and Ryland Angel, internationally renowned countertenor, will give us a glimpse of how they prepare for a professional recording of these works. As the two work toward their final interpretation, Erickson will accompany Angel on both the larger Bach organ and a smaller chamber organ.
January 18–Bach and the Organ
Rick Erickson’s playing has been hailed by The New Yorker as “exemplary Bach.” He will play and demonstrate how Bach’s music for organ and the organ itself work together to produce successful and satisfying results, giving attention also to the acoustical environment and architecture of the room that houses the organ.
Rick Erickson is the director of Bach Society Houston and the cantor at Christ the King Lutheran Church, as well as a lecturer in church music at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. A noted improviser, he has recorded for several major labels and often appears as recitalist, lecturer, conductor, and hymn festival leader throughout the United States and in Germany, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.
Grammy-nominated countertenor and composer Ryland Angel has built an international reputation in opera and on the concert stage. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to operatic commissions. He has made more than 70 CD recordings and sung on several film soundtracks. He is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota.
Welcome to Spring 2018!
Thursday, January 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.
An Intimate Concert of Modern and Contemporary Music of Mexico
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home. Address to subscribers.
Comida en la Cuidad
Tuesday, February 6, noon | Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 77056
PLEASE NOTE: COMIDA EN LA CUIDAD IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED.
Modern Architecture in Mexico City
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 P.M. | Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat
Three Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 7, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004
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