Water Gap Singers Holiday Concert
The concert will be held on December 8, 2019 at 5 pm at the Blairstown First Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature J.S. Bach’s “Cantata 140: Wachet Auf” and Vaughan Williams’ cantata “Hodie (This Day)” for soloists, chorus and orchestra. “Hodie” was the last choral-orchestral piece composed by this renowned contemporary British composer, composed in the mid-1950s. It reflects a variety of musical styles, and the narrative texts for the different movements describe the events of the birth of Christ. It is a major work that has always been well-received by audiences everywhere. The text is in English with the exception of the short text at the beginning of the first movement. Bach’s “Cantata 140: Wachet Auf”, also known as “Sleepers Wake” is among his most popular works. It, too, is written for soloists, chorus and instrumental accompaniment. According to Bach scholar Alfred Durr, “The cantata is an expression of Christian mysticism in art”. Another Bach scholar and musicologist of the early 20th Century, William G. Whittaker, called this work, “a cantata without weakness, without a dull bar, technically, emotionally and spiritually of the highest order”. Also, the concert will include some traditional carols for everyone to sing! Truly this will be a wonderful holiday event!
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The chorus is partially funded by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
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