Bach & the Class of '85

SCHÜTZ  Selig sind die Toten
SCARLATTI  Stabat Mater
MONTEVERDI  Audi coelum
BACH  Komm, Jesu, Komm
SCHÜTZ  Musikalische Exquien
Thursday, October 17 • 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 19 • 8:00 pm
Voxman Music Building – Concert Hall
University of Iowa • Iowa City, IA

Sunday, October 20 • 3:00 pm​​​​​​​
Christ Church Charlotte • Charlotte, NC
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church • Davidson, NC


BA|CH Cantata Choir

Margaret Carpenter Haigh
MaryRuth Lown
Nola Richardson
Sarah Yanovitch

Jay Carter
Elizabeth Eschen

Patrick Muehleise
Steven Soph

John Buffett
Jason Steigerwalt


John Lenti, theorbo
Guy Fishman, cello
Nicolas Haigh, organ

Scott Allen Jarrett conducting

About This Concert

Bach Akademie Charlotte opens its third season in homage to the Class of '85. Both born in 1685, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in central Germany, and that of the Italian-born Domenico Scarlatti in Spain, represents a zenith in compositional style.

BAC October 2019 composers 500.jpgOne hundred years earlier, Heinrich Schütz—the towering compositional giant of the 17th century—took up the mantle of the trailblazing Claudio Monteverdi and set the course for the extraordinary music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Our program features two rarely heard masterpieces—Scarlatti's Stabat Mater and Schütz’s Musikalische Exquien. Scarlatti writes for ten virtuoso solo voices in a breathtaking work that captures both the dolor and sorrow of Mary at the foot of the cross, but also demonstrates music’s singular capacity to capture and nourish human emotion.

Heinrich Schütz's Musikalische Exequien might rightly be called the first German Requiem. Its composite texts, drawn from holy scripture, and variety of musical styles earn it a place alongside the Scarlatti as two of the most remarkable architectures in Baroque music.

We pay homage to Schütz’s teacher and compositional forebearer Monteverdi with a movement from his 1610 Vespers. And, of course, we feature Johann Sebastian Bach with his most personal motet, Komm, Jesu, Komm.