October 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Christ Church on Capitol Square
120 E Edenton St
Raleigh, NC 27601
$25.00 (Can be purchased on-line or at the door)
Christ Church on Capitol Square

The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach represents the culmination of the Baroque Period. His comprehensive knowledge of styles and nationalities of music leading up to his time have allowed his music to transcend language, geographical borders, and time. “On the Pillars of Genius” is a two-part concert in which we’ll hear music from some of the composers that Bach studied, performed and loved.During is tenure as Kantor at the Thomaskircher – his longest held position during which he wrote his five cantata cycles as well as all of his major vocal works – he purchased two volumes of Renaissance motets called the Florilegium Portense. In the first half of our concert we’ll hear music from several composers in this collection, Jacob Handl, G. Gabrieli, H. Preatorious, and M. Vulpius. We’ll also works by Heinrich Schutz, Johann Kunau, and Dietrich Buxtehude.

In the second-half of the concert we’ll hear from the master himself in two of his most famous works, the expanded motet Jesu, mein freude, BWV 227 and Cantata 147, from which comes the choral “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.” In between the two-halves we’ll have a short reception to celebrate the opening of the 2017-2018 season.


  • Pater Noster (Our Father), Jacob Handl
  • Alla Rustica, Antonio Vivaldi
  • Jubilate deo á 8, Giovani Gabrieli
  • Cantate domino á 8, Hiernoymus Praetorius
  • Super flumina Babylonis, Melchior Vulpius
  • Nun danket alle Gott (Now thank we all our God), SWV 418, Heinrich Schutz
  • Tristis anima mea (My sorrowful), Johann Kunau
  • Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord), Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Jesu, mein freude (Jesus, my friend) BWV 227, J.S. Bach
  • Herz und Mund un Tat und Leben (Heart and lips, thy whole behavior) BWV 147, J.S. Bach


  • Raleigh Bach Soloists
  • North Carolina Baroque Orchestra
  • David Jernigan, Artistic Director