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. Sun., Dec. 9, at Christ Church of Bradenton. Festival Artistic Co-Director Dr. Richard Benedum of Christ Church 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.
"Natasha is certainly one of the most talented young musicians in the entire area, and the Bach Festival is very proud to have her be part of the coming concert," said Benedum. "The Corelli Concerto Natasha is playing will be very familiar to many listeners, so the audience will really be able to focus on her interpretation of this well-known Baroque classic."
Tickets are $20; $5 for students. Advance online purchase is available via regular mail per instructions at sarasota-manateebachfestival.com. Subject to availability, tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of each concert. Christ Church is located at 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Call 941-747-3709 or visit christchurchswfla.org.