Jul
15
Mon
All Bach Organ Recital – Week 1 @ Carmel Mission Basilica
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Andrew Arthur organ

J.S. Bach, Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

 

Chorale Preludes for the season of Advent:
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661

Meine Seele, erhebt den Herren, BWV 648

Meine Seele, erhebt den Herren, BWV 733


J.S. Bach, Pastorella in F, BWV 590

J.S. Bach, Toccata & Fugue in D minor, “Dorian,” BWV 538

 

 

Andrew Arthur is the principal keyboardist and director of the Twilight in the Cathedral concerts. He is the director of music at Trinity Hall in Cambridge, England, the associate director of the Hanover Band, principal conductor of the Euterpe Baroque Consort and musical director of Orpheus Britannicus. His annual recitals at the iconic Carmel Mission Basilica are highlights of the chamber concert schedule.

Jul
17
Wed
Christmas at the Mission – Week 1 @ Carmel Mission Basilica
Jul 17 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Orchestra and Chorale conducted by Andrew Megill

J.S. Bach, The Christmas Oratorio, Part III and VI, BWV 248
Arvo Pärt, Seven Magnificat Antiphons

The Christmas Oratorio’s third and final cantatas comprise the major portion of the annual Carmel Mission Basilica concerts. Interlaced with the two cantatas are Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons, a stunning a capella work with texts that would normally be sung individually as antiphons to the Magnificat at Vespers on the seven evenings preceding Christmas Eve. Pärt’s composition is hauntingly beautiful and is a perfect suited for the Carmel Mission Basilica.

The fifth cantata depicts the journey of the Magi, and was meant for performance on the first Sunday after the  New Year and tells a story about unifying heaven and earth. All the elements of Bach’s great Passions are here, including an tenor evangelist to tell the story, beautiful chorales, and solo arias, all performed by members of the remarkable Festival Chorale.

The final cantata of The Christmas Oratorio was composed for the Feast of the Epiphany, or the final day of the Feast of Christmas. The work is one of joyful optimism, with a brilliant and festive chorus accompanied by an orchestra that continues the vivid and celebratory tone of the first cantata presented on the Sunday afternoon concerts. Trumpets and timpani close the Oratorio in a blaze of glory.

“This concert is the final chapter of the Christmas Oratorio journey, coupled with a set of beautiful a cappella works by Arvo Pärt, the great Estonian ‘spiritual minimalist.’ His Seven Magnificat Antiphons, sprinkled throughout the program, are meditative, trance-like, and transcendent,” said associate conductor Andrew Megill.

Andrew Megill is the artistic director of Fuma Sacra and serves as chorusmaster for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director of Masterwork Chorus and professor and director of choral activities at the University of Illinois. He is in his 12th season as associate conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival and director of the chorale and chorus.

Jul
22
Mon
All Bach Organ Recital – Week 2 @ Carmel Mission Basilica
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Andrew Arthur organ

J.S. Bach, Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

 

Chorale Preludes for the season of Advent:
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661

Meine Seele, erhebt den Herren, BWV 648

Meine Seele, erhebt den Herren, BWV 733


J.S. Bach, Pastorella in F, BWV 590

J.S. Bach, Toccata & Fugue in D minor, “Dorian,” BWV 538

 

 

Andrew Arthur is the principal keyboardist and director of the Twilight in the Cathedral concerts. He is the director of music at Trinity Hall in Cambridge, England, the associate director of the Hanover Band, principal conductor of the Euterpe Baroque Consort and musical director of Orpheus Britannicus. His annual recitals at the iconic Carmel Mission Basilica are highlights of the chamber concert schedule.

Jul
24
Wed
Christmas at the Mission – Week 2 @ Carmel Mission Basilica
Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Orchestra and Chorale conducted by Andrew Megill

J.S. Bach, The Christmas Oratorio, Part III and VI, BWV 248
Arvo Pärt, Seven Magnificat Antiphons

The Christmas Oratorio’s third and final cantatas comprise the major portion of the annual Carmel Mission Basilica concerts. Interlaced with the two cantatas are Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons, a stunning a capella work with texts that would normally be sung individually as antiphons to the Magnificat at Vespers on the seven evenings preceding Christmas Eve. Pärt’s composition is hauntingly beautiful and is a perfect suited for the Carmel Mission Basilica.

The fifth cantata depicts the journey of the Magi, and was meant for performance on the first Sunday after the  New Year and tells a story about unifying heaven and earth. All the elements of Bach’s great Passions are here, including an tenor evangelist to tell the story, beautiful chorales, and solo arias, all performed by members of the remarkable Festival Chorale.

The final cantata of The Christmas Oratorio was composed for the Feast of the Epiphany, or the final day of the Feast of Christmas. The work is one of joyful optimism, with a brilliant and festive chorus accompanied by an orchestra that continues the vivid and celebratory tone of the first cantata presented on the Sunday afternoon concerts. Trumpets and timpani close the Oratorio in a blaze of glory.

“This concert is the final chapter of the Christmas Oratorio journey, coupled with a set of beautiful a cappella works by Arvo Pärt, the great Estonian ‘spiritual minimalist.’ His Seven Magnificat Antiphons, sprinkled throughout the program, are meditative, trance-like, and transcendent,” said associate conductor Andrew Megill.

Andrew Megill is the artistic director of Fuma Sacra and serves as chorusmaster for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director of Masterwork Chorus and professor and director of choral activities at the University of Illinois. He is in his 12th season as associate conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival and director of the chorale and chorus.