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Capital City Concerts ends season with Bach performance

THEODORE ARM, HYUNAH Yu, Karen Kevra, Jeewon Park and Edward Arron will perform in the Capital City Concerts’ final performance of the season on May 21 at the Bethany United Church of Christ in Montpelier. Can’t attend the live performance, see it online beginning May 28. 

If you happen to be traveling north, go catch Capital City Concerts’ final show of the 2021-2022 season. On Saturday, May 21, the large ensemble will perform “Oh, for the Love of Bach,” at 7:30 p.m., at the Bethany United Church of Christ in Montpelier.

The performance will include a small orchestra performing J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D major, BWV 1050, as well as the Sonata in G major for cello and piano, BWV 1027, and a number of arias featuring soprano Hyunah Yu, a protege of the late Blanche Honegger Moyse. Yu is known internationally for her tender and unerringly appropriate interpretations of Bach.

The instrumentalists are favorite musicians at Capital City Concerts and include cellist Edward Arron, bassist Lou Kosma, pianist Jeewon Park, violinists Theodore Arm and Mary Gibson, violist Stefanie Taylor, and flutist Karen Kevra, who is the founder and Artistic Director of Capital City Concerts.

“We missed the concerts terribly when the pandemic forced us to shut down, but none more than our annual Bach concerts,” explained Kevra, who lives in Cornwall. “Audience members wrote to me to say they were yearning to hear Bach. So Bach is back. I chose pieces in which Bach’s depth of emotion and the theme of love really come across. Even the Brandenburg Concerto #5 fits — the slow movement is entitled “Affetuoso” or “with affection.”

“Aus Liebe” (“Out of Love”) is the extraordinary aria from the Saint Matthew Passion in which the virgin Mary sings “Out of love my Saviour is willing to die.” “Schlummert ein” is a dark and paradisal lullaby from Bach’s Ich Habe Genug cantata. Bach endured the deaths of six children, including a 6-month-old son before writing this cantata.

Tickets to hear the concert live ($15-$25) are available at capitalcityconcerts.org, and at the door on the day of the performance while they last. Remote tickets (pay-as-you-can) start at $10 and enable you to watch on-demand beginning the weekend of May 28. Information including programs, bios, and the latest updates of possible Covid protocols are available at capitalcityconcerts.org.

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