AWAKE THE DAWN : Bach Cantatas Inspired by Psalms
• April 13, 2013 7:00 pm
Village Community Presbyterian Church
6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, (858) 756-2441
• April 14, 2013 4:00 pm
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660
With resounding trumpets and timpani, all-star soloists and insightful commentary that takes you inside the music, Southern California’s new baroque orchestra and choir bring Bach’s glorious Psalm settings alive in a way everyone can appreciate and enjoy.
Orchestra and Choir of the Pacific Bach Project
Rick Westerfield, Conductor and Commentator
Featuring : Anne Marie Dicce, soprano;
Charles Humphries, alto; John Russell, tenor
Corey Head, tenor; Nicholas Nackley, baritone ; John Bischoff, bass.
David Wilson, violin soloist
; Shirley Hunt, cello soloist
; Marianne Pfau, oboe soloist
Kathryn Aducci, trumpet soloist; Barry Bauguess, trumpet soloist; Paul Avril, horn soloist
Joshua Romatowski, flute soloist; Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord soloist.
(Tamara is on the production team and sings in the choir).
About the Pacific Bach Project
The orchestra and choir of the Pacific Bach Project bring together some of the most talented and acclaimed early music specialists in the country. Musicians and choristers composing the 44-member period instrument ensemble are drawn from throughout the broader Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, and from as far away as Washington DC, Cleveland, Atlanta and Boston. With its unique focus on the intersection of music and thought, the Pacific Bach Project seeks to explore Bach’s music contextually, through the distinctive lens of its place in history and the intellectual and religious ideas that gave rise to it and make sense of it.
Pacific Bach Project artistic director and conductor Rick Westerfield has been praised as “a sure handed and enlightened leader” (Los Angeles Times) of performances that are “authoritative and impassioned, yet impressively controlled” (New York Times). With a growing reputation for stylistically vibrant interpretations of baroque and classical repertoire, Rick has led many of North America’s leading symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and the orchestras of Houston, Denver, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Phoenix, as well as many others in Europe and Asia. A protege of Leonard Bernstein as a Tanglewood Fellow, Rick has been seen and heard on NPR, Charlie Rose, and ABC’s 20/20.
Chorus master Helen Westerfield is Director of Music Ministries at the Village Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Helen studied at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt under Bach conductor Helmuth Rilling, touring throughout Europe, Israel and Japan with his professional choir. Trained in piano and violin as well as conducting, she is a graduate of Wheaton College and a former Bienen Fellow at Northwestern. Helen has held music ministry positions with National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, has taught choral music at Dartmouth, Exeter Academy and Episcopal High School; and is active as both conductor and pianist with numerous professional ensembles, most recently Washington’s National Chamber Players.