A Baroque Christmas
The Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival will launch its 2012-2013 season with the first of its three-concert series — "A Baroque Christmas," to be presented at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7, at the Church of the Redeemer in downtown Sarasota. Festival Artistic Co-Director Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe will give a pre-concert talk beginning at 7:15, discussing the works to be performed and giving insights into the music of J.S. Bach — arguably the world's finest church musician and a prolific composer whose work is rich with intellectual depth and emotional inspiration.
"Baroque Christmas" will feature Jennifer Best and Christopher Takeda, assistant and associate principal violinists with the Sarasota Orchestra, performing Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor. A small, select choral ensemble will present excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and his Cantata 40, also written for the Christmas season. The Sarasota Young Voices, the area’s outstanding children’s choir, and organist Mary Mozelle, will also perform.
Sixteen-year old Pine View School junior, violinist Natasha Snyder, and her teacher, Lena Cambis, director of the Sarasota Music Academy, will be featured in Arcangelo Corelli’s well-known Christmas Concerto. Born in Brazil, Snyder has studied violin since the age of 4. Winner of the Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artist Concerto Competition in 2009, she made her professional debut at the Neel Performing Arts Center, accompanied by the Sarasota Orchestra at the age of 13.
Tickets are $20; $5 for students. Advance online purchase is available at redeemersarasota.org. Subject to availability, tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of each concert. The Church of the Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236, and may be reached at 941-955-4263.