Melinda Coffey Armstead, organ
Chapel Concertino for Thanksgiving
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Aria “Sheep May Safely Graze” BWV 208
Pastorale in F BWV 590
Toccata in D minor BWV 565
Chorale prelude “Allein Gott in der Hōh sei Ehr” BWV 715
Fugue in C BWV 952
Prelude IX in E Major WTC I . . J. S. Bach
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata 147 “Herz und Mund” . . . J. S. Bach
“Now Thank We All Our God” from Cantata 79 . . . J. S. Bach, arr. by Virgil Fox
I am grateful for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has been voted as the Greatest Composer of All Time by 174 of the world’s leading composers for BBC Music Magazine: “A major figure of the Baroque era, Bach is one of the most sublime creative geniuses in any form of the arts, a composer whose music is revered equally for its technical mastery, brilliant complexity and sheer exquisite beauty. Composer Unsuk Chin comments, “Bach’s music displays great emotions and fiery temperament while being the highest conceivable summit of composition as an intellectual art. It is a synthesis of past music and the creations of his own time as well as a bold vision of the future. Up to Bach, musical works disappeared after a premiere or, at least, after a composer’s death. Bach was too grand to be ignored. Great musical minds as diverse as Beethoven, Chopin, the Master of Jazz, Boulez – and countless others – are unthinkable without Bach’s legacy.
FYI here’s the top ten list:
1. J. S. Bach 2. Igor Stravinsky 3. Ludwig van Beethoven
4. W. A. Mozart 5. Claude Debussy 6. Gyorgy Ligeti
7. Gustav Mahler 8. Richard Wagner 9. Maurice Ravel
10. Claudio Monteverdi
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday Nov. 30 at 2:30
Melinda and Bob Armstead, Taelen Thomas and Erin Carey return to Hidden Valley with another spectacular variety show: Throwing Caution to the Wind. Pianist Melinda, singer Bob, renowned bard Taelen and aerial ballerina Erin present a dazzling performance of music, narrative and dance. These artists work together to create a compelling, dynamic and good-natured beauty that stays with you.
Admission $20 at the door.
Hidden Valley Theater, 104 West Carmel Valley Rd.
one performance only