|Chancellor Emeritus Moeser presents ‘Genius of Bach’ lectures March 6 & 7|
|Tuesday, February 07, 2012|
Carolina Performing Arts is partnering with the Friday Center for Continuing Education to present “The Genius of Bach” lecture series March 6 and 7 at the Friday Center. James Moeser, chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver the lectures, scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The talks are in conjunction with two concerts by the world-renowned Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir with Ton Koopman, conductor, on March 13 and 14 in Memorial Hall. Registration is $50 per person and includes admission to both lectures and one ticket to see Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir.
During the March 6 lecture, Moeser will explore the musical architecture of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Mass in B minor,” considered by many to be one of the supreme achievements of Western music. The work will be performed March 13. Moeser will explore the hidden theological symbols in this great work and why Bach, a committed Lutheran, wrote a setting of the Roman Catholic Mass.
The March 7 lecture will focus on “Magnificat in D Major” as well as two cantatas, “Du Hirte Israel, höre,” BWV 104, and “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” BWV 147. These three works will be performed on March 14. Moeser will discuss how the cantatas were integrated into the Sunday service of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where Bach was the cantor, and how Bach developed a musical language that helped express the daily lessons of the lectionary and the liturgical year.
In both lectures, Moeser will also discuss the legacy and impact of Koopman, one of the leading authorities on Baroque music. Moeser’s early career was devoted to music, and he established an international reputation as a concert organist and teacher, specializing in the organ music of Bach. He was a noted student of the theological symbolism in Bach’s sacred music.
Tickets are valid for either the March 13 or March 14 concert (you must select one) for seats located in Section A of Memorial Hall with a face value of $45. Tickets will be held at the Memorial Hall Box Office Will Call for pick-up on the day of the performance. To register for the talks, go to the Friday Center’s website at www.fridaycenter.unc.edu or call (800) 845-8640 or (919) 962-2643.
Separate from the lecture series, concert tickets are $25 to $64 and $10 for UNC-Chapel Hill students. Tickets can be purchased at www.carolinaperformingarts.org or by calling the box office at (919) 843-3333.
Before both concerts, Moeser will host an informal half-hour discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Gerrard Hall on the works being presented both nights. The “Classical Conversations” are part of Program Notes LIVE, Carolina Performing Arts’ free public pre-performance lecture series.
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1979 by Koopman, the renowned elder statesman of the authentic performance movement. The group is the most-recorded early music ensemble, and Bach’s music is their home ground after a 10-year quest to record all of Bach’s cantatas – more than 200 choral works – on 22 CDs. For this achievement, they earned the Echo Klassik and BBC Awards and were nominated for a Grammy and a Gramophone Award.
Carolina Performing Arts contact: Ellen James, (919) 843-0516,