Critic’s Choice

April 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner

Over the past season, Emmanuel Music has presented rearrangements and recontructions of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. This Saturday, the organization, led by Ryan Turner, will close the season with another concert that revolves around and contextualizes the Baroque master’s music.

The program, entitled “Bach Reinvented,” will showcase two works. Bach’s secular cantata The Contest between Phoebus and Pan depicts a singing contest between the two titular characters. But the heart of this work is the dialogue between the “learned” style of music and the popular. Performing in the piece’s key roles will be Boston baritones Dana Whiteside (Phoebus) and David Kravitz (Pan).

Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins is truly a sung ballet, combining Bach-like chorales and jazz-tinged dance numbers. Bringing Emmanuel Music’s performance to life will be Urbanity Dance through choreography by Betsi Graves.

Emmanuel Music will perform “Bach Reinvented” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Church. emmanuelmusic.org

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