Bach Chamber Choir’s spring concert set for March 11

The Bach Chamber Choir will explore themes of light as celebrated in music throughout the centuries in its spring concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 11, at St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford.

“Luminaire” will present sublime compositions for the human voice from the Renaissance to the modern era, according to Dr. Eric A. Johnson, Bach Chamber Choir music director, performing works that “celebrate themes of light as expressions of faith and insight into the totality of human experience.”

The repertoire will range from Renaissance music by Victoria to Baroque pieces by J.S. Bach and Gluck, to 19th-century Russian works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff to the 20th century’s Gabriel Faure and Randall Thompson to works by contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre and modern arrangements of two spirituals.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and may be reserved by calling 815-633-9096.

The Bach Chamber Choir, Rockford’s premier vocal ensemble, has regaled the community with performances of chamber choral music for the past 24 years. Dr. Johnson has led the singers since 2002. He is an associate professor of music and the director of choral activities at Northern Illinois University , DeKalb.

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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