A limited number of printed program booklets will be available at each performance. Digital program booklets will be available on-line one week before each set of performances is presented.
It has been 25 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming. His death brought needed attention to hate crimes, and we still shudder when we consider the brutality that he suffered. This passion is a statement to all of us, and a call to be more aware of discrimination and suffering. Featuring members of the Academy Chamber Orchestra.
The season will end with the music of the great and celebrated British rock band “Queen,” honoring the legacy of Freddie Mercury. The singers of the Bach Choir, a live band with a guest soloist and performing artists will BRING IT!
The second part of the season will begin with Jacks, the knave with his sword, tights and funny hat, not royalty but in service to the monarch. The comedy of Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach) will tickle us all with its lively music accompanied by the incomparable Jim Burns. Also featured are other “Jacks” like Jack Parton and Jacques Offenbach.
Obsessions will ground us with famous, recognized opera choruses and a few less-familiar ones thrown in. From rousing to intimate, these choruses will stir and heal the soul. Four guest solo artists will complete this evening’s enterprise.
The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh presents Monster: Frankenstein Re-Imagined, an original pop-funk-R&B score composed and compiled by Jaron Crawford and artistic director Thomas W. Douglas. The original 1931 “Frankenstein” film, directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff, will be shown silently as the Bach Choir performs the composed music as a soundtrack. The music will reimagine Mary Shelley’s classic tale with a latticework of contemporary idioms, accompanied by a live band of keyboard, bass guitar and drums, guitar and saxophone, contracted by Paul Thompson.
Saturday, November 13 at 7:30PM – 9:00PM
Sunday, November 14 at 4:00PM – 5:30PM
The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh continues to move forward through the pandemic into a season of healing and music making. We begin with a live concert of acapella spirituals arranged by William Dawson, Uprooted. Also included in this concert will be pieces by Harry Burleigh and Thomas W. Douglas.