The Bach Experience: Cantata Series

Read our Bach Experience 2019|2020 Listeners’ Companion

Led by Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett, the Bach Experience at Marsh Chapel explores Bach’s musical world and theological connections. In a series of four talks, Dr. Jarrett and the Chapel Choir and Collegium present four cantatas throughout the year in service and performance. As the largest portion of Bach’s compositional output, the sacred cantatas possess great insight and perspective on the week’s liturgy through sensitive musical expression.

For more information about all of the Bach Cantatas visit these websites: Emmanuel Music in Boston and the Bach Cantatas website.

Bach gave us God’s word,
Mozart gave us God’s laughter,
Beethoven gave us God’s fire.
God gave us music, that we might pray without words.
-quote from the wall of a German opera house.

The Thirteenth Annual Bach Cantata Series

In this, the thirteenth season of The Bach Experience, we begin with two works from Bach’s first months in Leipzig and compare them with two works from later in his output. Each Bach Experience Sunday begins at 9:45 a.m. with a 30-minute discussion of the work’s musical and theological significance. After a complimentary breakfast, the Experience continues with a complete performance of the cantata during the Sunday morning service.

9:45 a.m. – Discussion of the cantata of the day
11:00 a.m. – Performance of the cantata in the morning worship service

Sunday, September 29, 2019Jesu, nun sei gepreiset, BWV 41
Sunday, November 10, 2019Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende, BWV 28
Sunday, February 9, 2020Herr Gott, dich loben wir, BWV 16
Sunday, April 26, 2020: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 190 – Postponed due to COVID-19

Previous Bach Cantata Performances

The Bach Experience Sermon Collection

BWV 1: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (2/8/15)
BWV 4: Christ lag in Todesbanden (4/17/16)
BWV 6: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden (11/15/15)
BWV 8: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben (4/7/19)
BWV 29: Wir danken dir, Gott (9/28/08)
BWV 31: Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret (2/7/16)
BWV 34: O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe (9/26/10)
BWV 39: Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot (1/31/10)
BWV 46: Schauet doch und sheet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei (11/18/18)
BWV 61: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (12/2/07)
BWV 62: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (12/12/10)
BWV 66: Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (9/27/15)
BWV 67: Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ (4/6/08; 4/12/15)
BWV 69a: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (4/15/18)
BWV 70: Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet! (11/22/09)
BWV 71: Gott ist mein König (9/30/12)
BWV 72: Alles nur nach Gottes Willen (1/27/08)
BWV 77: Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben (2/10/13)
BWV 78: Jesu der du meine Seele (11/9/14)
BWV 79: Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild (2/19/12)
BWV 95: Christus, der ist mein Leben (11/19/17)
BWV 105: Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht (11/6/11, 9/30/18)
BWV 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (10/28/07)
BWV 111: Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit (1/25/09)
BWV 127: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott (2/10/19)
BWV 131: Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (9/27/09)
BWV 136: Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz (2/11/18)
BWV 140: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (12/2/12)
BWV 147: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (11/23/08)
BWV 148: Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seinen Namens (4/26/09)
BWV 149: Man singet mit Freuden vom Seig (9/25/11)
BWV 171: Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm (1/30/11)
BWV 172: Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten! (4/29/12)
BWV 179: Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht (9/24/17)
BWV 190: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (9/28/14)