Kairos: A Consort of Singers, under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, continues its 2018-2019 Bach Cantata Series on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. The program will be performed in the intimate and acoustically superb chapel of the Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Route 9W, West Park.
J.S. Bach’s Cantata 22, Jesus nahm zu ihn die Zwölfe was written as an audition for the position of Kapellmeister, or music director, at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, a position the great composer would hold for the rest of his life. The text of the piece refers to the preparation by Jesus’s disciples for their fateful journey to Jerusalem.
Kairos will also perform an a cappella motet by Johannes Brahms, Warum ist das Licht gegeben. This is a work strongly influenced by Bach, with poignant text taken from the Book of Job and the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
In addition, there will be instrumental works for small orchestra and soloists, and excerpts from the Mass for Five Voices by the English Renaissance composer William Byrd.
Kairos’s critically acclaimed Bach Cantata Series is now in its 13th year. The cantatas are performed in the context of evensong, a meditative vespers tradition that can be traced to the medieval church. The service provides an unparalleled opportunity to hear Bach’s cantatas, which are among his most significant and celebrated compositions, in the context for which they were written.
Evensong is remarkably inclusive: People of all faiths and of none return year after year. It is a contemplative, joyful observance, and offers impeccable and poignant performances of Bach’s most intimate and spiritual music. The series has become an integral part of the cultural and musical life of the Hudson Valley, and continues to receive wide critical acclaim.
Evensong is always free to the public, and all are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation (or lack thereof). A $10 suggested donation helps fund the Bach Cantata Series and ensure its continuity.
It is suggested that audience members arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the performance to secure seating.
Founded in 1994, Kairos: A Consort of Singers is the premier vocal ensemble of the Hudson Valley. Kairos specializes in the unaccompanied choral literature from the medieval to the present-day, and has also performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Bach Festival Orchestra, the Esopus Chamber Orchestra, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet. The group serves as Artists-in-Residence at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, and performs throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.
For more information, visit kairosconsort.org or call 256-9114. Directions to the monastery can be found on its website.