CLASSICAL NOTES: Choral Arts Society highlights Bach’s cantatas

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Elysian Camarata: The chamber music ensemble will perform a concert at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 104 Louella Ave., Wayne, on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The program will consist of works for string quartet: Haydn String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 2; two short works by Puccini, Crisantemi and Scherzo; and Beethoven’s middle-period String Quartet in C major, Op. 59 No. 3. A free will contribution of $20 for adults is suggested. For more information on this concert and all the Elysian Camerata’s season performances please visit www.elysiancamerata.org.
Choral Arts Society: The Choral Arts Society continues its ambitious survey of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at St. Clement’s Church, 2013 Appletree St., (20th and Cherry Streets), Philadelphia. the program will feature BWV 80, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God); and BWV 96, Herr Christ, der einige Gottessohn (“Lord Christ, Only Son of God), as well as a lecture, “Instrumental Symbolism in Bach’s Vocal Music: Oboes in the 1734-1735 Cantata Cycle” by Dr. Geoffrey Burgess. The final fall concert will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. and will feature two secular cantatas, BWV 36b Die Freude reget sich (Joy Awakens); and BWV 207a Auf, schmetternde Töne (Arise, Blaring Tones of High-Spirited Trumpets”); with a lecture, “Secular Festive Music in Baroque Leipzig” by Dr. Tanya Kevorkian. Admission: Pay what you wish, although a $20 donation is suggested at the door. Open seating, no ticket sales. Information: www.choralarts.com; info@choralarts.com; 267-240-ALTO (2586).
The Crossing: The virtuoso choir organized by Donald Nally, which specializes in contemporary music, presents “Canticles of the Holy Wind,” an hourlong work it commissioned from the Pulizter Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, Sunday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. at The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The work is described as “a unique aural kaleidoscope in which four choirs surround the audience, their canons unfolding across landscapes of time, as the ‘wind’ swirls magically around the room.” Tickets are $35 for general admission, $25 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at thecrossing.ticketleap.com/canticles-of-the-holy-wind.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel: At 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22, there will be a performance by violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner.  The program will feature Beethoven, Debussy and other composers. Tickets are $30, free for students through age 23.  Keneseth Israel is at 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Call (215) 887-8700.

Opera in the suburbs
Dock Woods: Amici Opera Company stages Verdi’s “Ernani” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the chapel, off of Woods Drive, Towamencin. For tickets, call (215) 224-0257.

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