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About Bach Vespers

Ever since the revival of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music in the late 19th century, his choral and instrumental masterpieces have thrilled audiences in symphonic halls and at Bach Festivals throughout the country. However, since 1968, Holy Trinity has returned the sacred music of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries to its intended place, the church, presenting cantatas and motets during the historic evening setting of Vespers.  This music takes on new life and renewed purpose inside Holy Trinity as it is accompanied by solemn processions, mystical chant, ancient texts, and sacred architecture—the setting for which Bach was writing. In the world of historical performance practice, it doesn’t get any more accurate. Simply put: we do Bach on Bach’s terms. 

Holy Trinity is honored to be home to four world class ensembles in-residence: The Attacca Quartet, Diderot String Quartet, House of Time, and New Vintage Baroque. These ensembles constitute the main body of concerts on Bach Vesper’s Chamber Music Series along with other many other guest artists throughout the year.

This season is packed with so many offerings: 21 weeks of Vespers, guest appearances throughout the Northeast, North American premieres of new works, an abundance of chamber music concerts featuring our world class ensembles in-residence, plus concertized choral works and chamber music throughout Lent.