- Saturday, 25 Feb 2012
- Ambassador Auditorium
- 8 pm
- Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & musical tour guide
- Charlotte Dobbs, soprano
- Zanaida Robles, soprano
- Janelle DeStefano, mezzo-soprano
- Ben Bliss, tenor
- Daniel Armstrong, baritone
- USC Thornton Chamber Singers, chorus
- Bach Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
The Magnificat, or Song of Mary, is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns, with text taken directly from the Gospel of Luke. Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the future John the Baptist. After Mary greets her, the child moves within Elizabeth’s womb. When Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith, Mary sings what is now known as the Magnificat in response– My soul magnifies [the Lord].
Bach composed his Magnificat, one of his major vocal works, for Orchestra, five-part choir and soloists. Jeffrey Kahane cites his love of choral works as one of the main reasons he chose to pursue a conducting career. For this Discover concert, he focuses the discussion on how Bach illustrates and illuminates the text of the Magnificat. The evening culminates in a performance of the full work featuring the Orchestra, soloists and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers.
Discover Bach’s Magnificat is not included in the 7-concert series. Subscribers get the first chance to purchase tickets. Donors receive preference in seating.
A Q&A with Jeffrey Kahane follows the performance.
There will be no Concert Preludes before this concert.
Make a night of it! Enjoy some of the great Pasadena restaurants near Ambassador Auditorium.
box office info
Call Megan or Nicole in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 1, Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm and on concert days from noon to 4 pm. The box office is closed on public holidays.
Tickets: A – $110; B – $90; C – $60; D – $25
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