Monday, March 10, 2014

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Georgia Boy Choir and Atlanta Baroque Orchestra
Present Bach Birthday Bash
Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, 2014

EVENT:  Bach Birthday Bash, celebrating J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday

ARTISTS:  Georgia Boy Choir, David R. White, Artistic Director and Conductor
Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Julie Andrijeski, Artistic Director

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, and
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075
There will be a pre-concert talk prior to each performance, beginning 45 minutes before the concert time.

PROGRAM:  Choral and orchestral works by Johann Sebastian Bach, including
Motet No. 3 in E Minor, Jesu, meine freude, BWV 227
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (original version for strings and continuo)

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Georgia Boy Choir and Atlanta Baroque Orchestra
celebrate Bach Birthday Bash on March 22 and 23

The Georgia Boy Choir and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra will celebrate the 329th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21) with their first-ever collaboration on March 22 in Atlanta and March 23 in Roswell.  The concert, entitled Bach Birthday Bash, will feature choral and orchestral works performed on original instruments with boy’s voices, as conceived by the composer.  The concert will feature two of the most popular instrumental works of the 18th century, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and the Orchestral Suite No. 3 that includes the very familiar movement popularly known as “Air on the G String.”  The two ensembles will join forces for the Motet No. 3 in E Minor, Jesu, meine freude, BWV 227.

The groups’ artistic directors, Julie Andrijeski and David R. White, will lead the groups in performances on Saturday, March 22 in Atlanta (7:30 p.m. at Peachtree United Methodist Church) and Sunday, March 23 in Roswell (4:00 p.m. at Roswell Presbyterian Church).  There will be a pre-concert talk prior to each performance, beginning 45 minutes before the concert time.

"We’re especially excited to be able to perform music by J.S. Bach with the Georgia Boy Choir, a group considered to be one of the finest organizations of its kind in the nation,” exclaimed Atlanta Baroque Orchestra Artistic Director Julie Andrijeski.  “Through our collaboration, we will be able to introduce to Atlanta audiences the sonorities that Bach often had in mind, created by boy choir with instruments from his day.”  She added “This is a homecoming of sorts for the ABO, as the orchestra was based at Peachtree United Methodist Church for many years, where the Georgia Boy Choir is now in residence.” 

Georgia Boy Choir Artistic Director and Conductor David R. White added, “The Georgia Boy Choir is thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with the fabulous musicians in the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  I have been a lover of the music of J. S. Bach since I was 12 years old, and it gives me indescribable pleasure to introduce the boys and young men of the Georgia Boy Choir to the vast wealth of wonder and beauty which they can find in it.  I am particularly glad to be able to do so with such a world-class ensemble as the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  One extremely important aspect of the early-music/original-instrument movement that is all too often overlooked is the use of boys’ voices.  Not all, but most of Bach’s choral music was written specifically to be performed by his choir of men and boys at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.  Yet even some of the most venerable early-music ensembles do not adhere to this practice.  If the performance is going to be truly ‘historically informed’ and use original instruments, then the use of boys’ voices is essential.  They are the ‘original instrument’ which Bach used.  That said, it is perhaps understandable that this is rare.  There are very few Boy Choirs in the world - particularly in the United States - that are capable of performing the music of Bach at a very high level.  I am confident that when our two organizations, the Georgia Boy Choir and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra get together for these concerts on March 22 and 23, the result will be nothing short of magical.”

The Georgia Boy Choir, founded in 2009 by Artistic Director David R. White, is widely regarded as one of the finest musical organizations for boys in the United States.  The young ensemble operates a five-tier system of musical education for boys ranging from five years old through high school, and has performed in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and has toured to China, England and Scandinavia. 

The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra celebrated its 16th anniversary in January, 2014; this performance continues the 2013-14 season theme of “Playing with Others: a Year of Collaborations.”  Artistic Director Julie Andrijeski leads period-instrument specialists who gather regularly from Atlanta and cities as distant as Indianapolis, IN, Chapel Hill, NC, Tallahassee, FL, and Nashville, TN. 

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