On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Bach Collegium San Diego will open its 12th anniversary season with performances in La Jolla and Balboa Park.
The group, which is the only one in San Diego that exclusively performs music from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras on period instruments, will open the 2014–15 season with two concerts featuring the music of J.S. Bach’s Leipzig church Thomaskantor tradition.
In its 12 years, under the leadership of music director Ruben Valenzuela, the Bach Collegium has performed rarely heard works of the Renaissance and Baroque eras and come to be regarded as one of the best early music performing groups in the country.
The music of the opening concert comes from the rich tradition of the post of cantor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, going back to the 16th century, culminating with J.S. Bach from 1723–1750. This program highlights the music of Bach and his immediate predecessors, Sebastian Knüpfer, Johann Schelle and Johann Kuhnau.
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