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CLASSICAL | Bach Cantatas


Publick Musick's concert next Wednesday night will bring together two musical glories: the church cantatas of J.S. Bach and the Craighead-Saunders Organ at Rochester's Christ Church. This exact copy of a German baroque organ is not only spectacular-looking, it produces a perfect sound for the music of Bach. It will get a bit of a workout in Cantata BWV 35, which has a virtuosic organ part along with its virtuosic vocal solo. Guest artists Clifton Massey and Michael Unger are the virtuosi, as countertenor and organist respectively. This will be followed by a shorter but equally striking Bach cantata, BWV 54, which exhorts us to staunchly resist all temptations to sin (represented by the first chord in the piece, a nice crunchy dissonance). And for good measure, this Publick Musick program includes a brief, buoyant concerto for three violins and three oboes by a German baroque composer even more prolific than Bach — Georg Philipp Telemann.

Publick Musick will perform Wednesday, August 15, at Christ Episcopal Church, 141 East Avenue. 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $10 student and low income; free for ages 17 and under.