Bach’s Library

Wednesday, July 24 at 8:30PM, Carmel Mission Basilica

Andrew Megill, conductor; Molly Quinn, soprano; Dann Coakwell, tenor; David Newman, bass; Luthien Brackett, alto; Festival Chorale; Festival Orchestra; VBA

JS Bach had an extensive personal library, which provides a unique insight into what music he admired most. Two of the composers whose works he collected were Antonio Vivaldi and Jan Dismas Zelenka. While Bach never met Vivaldi in person, he clearly admired his works; he transcribed and arranged many of the Italian musician’s concertos for his own performances. Zelenka, on the other hand, was a personal friend of Bach; both had works by the other in their library and performed each others’ works. Rounding out the concert is a cantata by Caroline Shaw, the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, and a friend to many in our Chorale and Orchestra. To the Hands is inspired by the music of Buxtehude, another of Bach’s contemporaries and one who, like Vivaldi and Zelenka, was an important influence on the great master. Join us for a concert exploring some of the music Bach loved most. 


Missa cum jubilo Sanctus | TRADITIONAL PLAINCHANT

Kyrie, RV 587 (10 minutes) | ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741)

Crucifixus (3 minutes) | ANTONIO LOTTI (1667-1740)

To the Hands (19 minutes) | CAROLINE SHAW (1982-)

I. Prelude

II. in medio / in the midst

III. Her beacon-hand beckons

IV. ever ever ever

V. Litany of the Displaced

VI. i will hold you

Missa Dei Filii, ZWV 20 (35 minutes) | JAN DISMAS ZELENKA (1679-1745)


Qui tollis

Qui sedes


Cum Sancto Spiritu

Missa cum jubilo Sanctus | TRADITIONAL PLAINCHANT

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Andrew Megill
Andrew Megill


Jul 24 2024


8:30 pm - 9:45 pm



Carmel Mission Basilica
Carmel Mission Basilica
3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

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