The end of the season for Fort Wayne’s Bach Collegium culminates in the Grand Finale on May 5 at Zion Lutheran Church.
Most of this season’s programs have been centered on the observation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and have showcased some of the musical heritage the Reformation preserved. The Season Grand Finale changes it up a bit, doubling the experience by featuring both the Bach Collegium Singers and Baroque Instrumentalists, conducted by Daniel C. Blosser, a Fort Wayne native who went to Snider High School, and the Indiana Wesleyan University Early Music Ensemble, conducted by Jason Luke Thompson.
The two groups go “Bach and Forth” during the performance celebrating music from the mid to late 1500s through Bach’s death in 1750.
Featuring music from both Catholic and Reformation composers, the common thread is that it is for multiple choirs of singers and instruments. Of particular interest will be the accompanying instruments, all of which are of the time period of the music. They will have early trombones (posaunen or sackbuts), a cornetto (a very interesting double-reed instrument that has a trumpet-like sound), recorders, oboes, and baroque strings.
Some of the music planned for the evening builds on familiar Reformation chorales, including J.S. Bach’s “Prelude in C Minor” and “Sing a New Song to the Lord,” Schutz’s “Psalm 42” and “O Good, O Sweet,” and Telemann’s “Concerto for Two Oboes and Strings.”
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