Bach Cantata Series: BWV 34: UMD Choral Activities
Join us in-person at The Clarice or watch the livestream from the comfort of your home.
J.S. Bach, known as the great master, wrote more than 200 cantatas, and UMD Choral Activities aims to sing them all in this series of short performances led by conductors in the graduate program. Conducted by Amy Broadbent, this performance will feature O ewiges feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe (O eternal fire, o source of love), BWV 34.
This cantata premiered on the Pentecost Sunday of 1727 in Leipzig, Germany. Bach pulled out all the stops, featuring strings, winds, trumpets and drums in this lively work. The text encourages us to strive to become our highest and best selves, working for a more peaceful and more just world. With effervescent writing for the chorus and orchestra, and beautiful solo movements, this is Bach at his finest: triumphant, joyful, eternal.
The choir will be pre-selected and is not open for community participation.
About UMD Choral Activities:
Led by Edward Maclary, the choral ensembles have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras. In addition to this season’s on campus performances, the UMD Concert Choir participates in annual collaborations with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.