CMW’s Annual Celebration of Bach
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Pardon the nerd talk to follow, but Bach’s works are catalogued by their BWV number or, their Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (Bach Works Catalogue in ‘merican), so our events will each have their own BWV number.
BWV 1: CMW Players at Providence College
Kickoff is on October 31 at 4pm at the Ryan Concert Hall at Providence College with a program of Bach, Vivaldi and Piazzolla. CMW students Heather Argueta and Alana Perez will be featured in the iconic first movement of Bach’s Double Concerto for 2 Violins while Karl Oung and Ruby Espinoza will play the beautiful second movement from the Vivaldi Double Concerto for 2 Cellos.
Following the concertos will be this year’s Bach cantata, Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just Resist Sin) BWV 54, featuring our long-time friend, the inimitable Fred Jodry, who will be strapping on his counter-tenor pipes for the occasion. As Fred will not be playing and singing simultaneously Billy Joel style (though he is quite good at it), a new musical friend and colleague, harpsichordist Catherine Gordon-Seifert will be joining us for this concert as well.
After the Cantata will be a fun experiment of contrasting two of Vivaldi’s Seasons with two of Astor Piazzolla’s Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring new CMW fellows Josie Davis, Kate Outterbridge as well as the old-guard of Minna Choi and Jesse Holstein.
This being Halloween, please come in costume! Extra credit will go to Bach themed costumes or costumes with the word Bach or some derivation of Bach as part of the ensemble. Examples are Baby Bok Choy, Chewbacca, Burt Bacharach, baby Bach ribs, etc.
CMW Players at Providence College
Saturday, October 31 at 4pm
Ryan Concert Hall, Smith Center for the Arts
Admission is free
Map and Directions
BWV 2: CMW Players at the John Carter Brown Library
The following day, Sunday, November 1 at 2pm, is the ever-popular concert at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. On the menu is the same program as the previous day. Also, the Patriots are playing the Thursday night game that week so no conflicts with that. The concert is free but a reservation is required and spots are limited!
CMW Players at the John Carter Brown Library
Sunday, November 1 at 2pm
94 George Street, Providence
This concert is sold out.
BWV 3: Bach Around Town
From Monday, November 2nd until Friday, November 6th there will be pop-up, guerrilla-style performances around the city at various restaurants, cafes, bookstores, and other venues. Please consult the CMW website for times and places.
Perhaps you’ll witness a gorilla-guerilla Bach performance!
Bach Around Town
Tuesday, November 3
Noon: Providence Public Library–Minna Choi
Noon: Elmwood Retirement Home–Josie Davis and Kate Outterbridge
7:15pm: CAV restaurant, 14 Imperial Place, Providence–Lisa Barksdale
Wednesday, November 4
Noon: Cafe La France, Amtrak Station, Providence–Sebastian Ruth
Noon: City Hall–Minna Choi
4pm: Olneyville Public Library–CMW student Aaron Grijalva and Hannah Ross
Thursday, November 5
Noon: State House Rotunda–Chase Spruill and Lisa Barksdale
1pm: Providence Place Mall/Macy’s–Chase Spruill and Lisa Barksdale
BWV 4: CMW Players at La Lupita
Thursday, November 5th at 7pm marks our third Inhabit Event at La Lupita Tacos Mexicanos. Come have some free food and listen to more Bach and other related works in our favorite local taqueria.
Inhabit Event at La Lupita Tacos Mexicanos
Thursday, November 5, 7pm
1950 Westminster Street, Providence RI 02909
Map and Directions
BWV 5: Bach Marathon
Next up is the return of “Bach to the Future”-the wild and crazy All-Night Bach Marathon! Bring your pillow and sleeping bag to Manning Chapel at Brown and snuggle up to hear all things Bach and Bach inspired. The concert will feature CMW staff, friends, guests, and all sorts of interesting creatures.
7:15: Sara Stalnaker (cello)
7:35: RISD PIGEON COOP (Bevin Kelley & Luke Moldof)
7:55: Josie Davis & Colin Wheatley (violin duo)
8:00: Matt McLaren (of Barnacled / the Eyesores)
8:15: Josie Davis (violin)
8:25: Houseboy (Reba Mitchell & Dylan Going)
8:45: Adrienne Taylor (cello)
9:00: Andrius Zlabys (piano)
9:25: Ben Eberle (of Sandworm / Clean)
9:40: Morgan Evans-Weiler
10:00: Vinny Bucci (viola)
10:05: Brendan Glasson (of Vio/Mire)
10:20: Assembly of Light Choir
10:30: Heath Marlow & Laura Cetilia (cello)
10:45: Vic Rawlings
11:10: Minna Choi (violin)
11:30: La Neve (Joey DeFrancesco of Downtown Boys / Malportado Kids)
11:35: Jake Meginsky
12:00: Ealain McMullin (violin)
12:10: JJB Buckmaster (of the Terribles / Dungeoneers)
12:30: Donny Shaw (of Fat Worm of Error)
1:00: Hannah Ross (viola)
1:10: Isabella Koen
1:40: Joe DeGeorge 1
1:55: Dan Talbot
2:10: Michael Unterman (cello)
2:35: Jeremy Harris (Xerome / Lazy Magnet)
2:50: Thorns (Tayla)
3:05: Kate Outterbridge (violin)
3:20: Alexis Nelson (viola)
3:30: James Falzone
3:45: Joe DeGeorge 2
4:00: Lisa Barksdale (violin)
4:25: Low Bun (Rachel Lewallen & Francesca Caruso)
4:40: Jacob Berendes
4:55: Matt Underwood
5:10: Sebastian Ruth (viola)
5:20: Kristin Hayter
5:45: Betsy Hinkle (violin)
Link to the Bach to the Future Facebook page here.
Bach to the Future III-The All-Night Bach Marathon!
Friday, November 6, 7pm until Saturday, November 7, 7am
Manning Chapel at Brown University
69 Brown Street, Providence RI 02906
BWV 6: CMW Musicians with the Festival Ballet
CMW musicians Hannah Ross, viola, and Adrienne Taylor, cello, perform solo works of Bach in a collaboration with the Festival Ballet’s “Up Close on Hope” Series.
November 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22
FBP Black Box Theatre
825 Hope Street, Providence
Come celebrate with us and check out some Bach!
Associate Director and Senior Resident Musician