Coming up in Philly music: The musical Reformation, 1517-2017

Matthew Glandorf conducts a 2016 Choral Arts Philadelphia performance. (Photo by Sharon Torello.)

The Bach@7 series continues its commemoration of the Lutheran Reformation with a program that spans the Reformation’s entire five-century history, from 1517 to a world premiere by Philadelphia composer David Carpenter: a setting of a prayer by the World War II martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (You can hear more from Carpenter and take a listen in this video preview.) The other pieces packed into the one-hour program include a Bach choral cantata, a short psalm composed by Martin Luther, three versions of A Mighty Fortress is Our God by Renaissance and Baroque composers, and musical settings of a Luther text by Brahms and 20th-century composer Hugo Distler.

For the cantata, the chorus will be accompanied by the Philadelphia Bach Collegium’s period instruments, with the strings enhanced by oboes and two natural horns. The concert will be followed, as usual, with a reception sparked by the wine tasting that has become one of the notable features of the monthly series.

Bach@Seven will present Sacred Choral Works from XVI-XXI Centuries Shaped by the Lutheran Reformation on November 15 at 7pm at St. Clement’s Church, 2013 Appletree Street, Philadelphia. Admission is pay what you wish ($25 suggested), and there are no advance reservations. For more information, visit online or call 267-240-2586.

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