San Gabriel Chorale

2017-2018 Season

Celebrating Dr. Bruce Cain in his 20th year as Musical Director

Fall Concert: Music of the Reformation

  • Cantata BWV 80 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Other works by Schutz and Praetorius

When: Sunday, November 19th, 2017, at 3:00 pm
Where: Lois Perkins Chapel at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
Who: San Gabriel Chorale with soloists and orchestra under the direction of Dr. Bruce Cain
Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students (free with SU ID)



Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a prolific German composer in the Baroque style whose works are well known for their artistic beauty, technical command and intellectual depth. In his lifetime, he was considered an accomplished organist with his prodigious gifts of composition becoming better appreciated after his death.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Cantata BWV 80 was composed in Leipzig for Reformation Day, October 31. The exact year this work was composed is not clear, though many of his cantatas were written in the mid-1720’s. Based on Martin Luther’s hymn of the same name, Bach scored this piece for 4 soloists, four part chorus and orchestra. Bach frequently composed cantatas for specific Lutheran church holidays, which were performed by musicians under his direction, as part of his duties as Cantor in Leizig.
Additional works performed in this concert include Bach’s Jauchzet dem Herrn, Alle Welt BWV Anh.160 and Michael Praetorius’ Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir.

Spring Concert: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

When: Sunday, March 25th, 2018, at 3:00 pm
Where: Alma Thomas Theater at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
Who: San Gabriel Chorale with soloists and youth choir under the direction of Dr. Bruce Cain
Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students (free with SU ID)

Carl Orff

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff (1895-1982) based on 24 poems from the German medieval collection of the same name. With a libretto by Michel Hofmann, this work premiered in 1937 in Frankfurt to popular acclaim. It became the most famous work in Germany in that politically volatile time, and since has become well established in the international classic repertoire. The poems themselves cover such well known themes as the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the joy of Spring, the fleeting nature of life, and the joys and sorrows of earthly pleasures. The piece is performed mostly in Latin and High Middle German, reflecting the origins of the poems. Originally conceived as a staged work with choreography and stage action, it is now usually performed as a cantata, with soloists and instrumentalists. Many listeners will recognize musical themes that have been used extensively in film scores, television, commercials and even video games to signal dramatic or cataclysmic situations. Carl Orff was a German composer best known for Carmina Burana. He also composed a number of other choral works, including Antigonae and Prometheus, based on ancient themes. Some scholars interpret these later works as extensions of Carmina Burana. He lived and worked in Germany through the years including World War I, the Weimar republic, the rise of Nazi Germany, and World War II. He also became influential in the area of music education for children, working with musical beginners from the 1920’s until the end of his life.

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