Oratorio Chorale

Magnificat: The Best of Bach


The Oratorio Chorale and the Maine Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Emily Isaacson, will celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday with “The Best of Bach” on the weekend of February 28-March 1. Concerts take place Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, and Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick.

Magnificat: The Best of Bach” will feature some of Bach’s most beloved music,  including choral worksMagnificat, Lobet den Herrn and Komm, Jesu, Komm, and solo arias from three Bach cantatas.

Instrumental selections will include Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 featuring Dean Stein, John Corrie, and Krysia Tripp. Robert Lehman and Yasmin Vitalius will solo in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.

Soloists for the “Best of Bach” include soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad, alto Emily Marvosh, tenor Stefan Reed and bass Bradford Gleim.

Recently, Sonja DuToit Tengblad has performed with the Boston Baroque in Monteverdi’s  Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, (as La Fortuna and Giunone); Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (as Galatea); and as the Israelite Woman in Handel’s Samson. Tengblad performs with the five-time Grammy-nominated ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas, and with other prestigious groups.

Emily Marvosh has gained recognition for her “flexible technique” and “ripe color,” “sterling voice” and “graceful allure.” She has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, under the direction of Harry Christophers. Her contributions to 21st century music include world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and Intermezzo Chamber Opera.

Tenor Stefan Reed has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, including as the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and soloist for Bach’s Magnificat, and in Purcell’s King Arthur with Seraphic Fire and Firebird Chamber Orchestra. Reed has also performed solo parts with Bach Bay Chorale, Mount Vernon Symphony, with The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, and with Tanglewood Chamber Music Ensemble.

Bradford Gleim, bass from Boston, performs opera, oratorio and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. His “rich expressive voice” has been described as “consistently impressive…”  Last season Gleim was  featured in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Portsmouth Pro Musica, Haydn’s Creation and Bach’s B Minor Mass with Boston Cecelia, and in Mozart’s Requiem with the Oratorio Chorale. He has recorded on the Coro, Harmonia Mundi and Musique en Walllonie labels as well as with Linn Records.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 for adults, or at the door for $25, $12.50 for students. Children under 12 free, but tickets are required for seating. For ticket information, visitwww.oratoriochorale.org/tickets or call 577-393


Sponsors for this concert are Bath Savings Institution and Ocean View at Falmouth.