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Enlightenment Festival: Beginning | EndFri 02/24/2023 - Sat 02/25/2023
PATRICK DUPRE QUIGLEY, CONDUCTOR
The third annual Enlightenment Festival returns with two back-to-back weeks of choral-orchestral works. This year’s Festival will celebrate the music of Bach with programs highlighting the enduring composer’s sacred cantatas and oratorios.
Joyous arrivals and awe-inspiring departures feature in the closing concert of Seraphic Fire’s third annual Enlightenment Festival. The first two cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio portray an expectant mother preparing for a child’s arrival and the Magi searching for that child. The Ascension Oratorio is particularly thrilling with spectacular opening and closing trumpets, its coloratura passages, and equally challenging chorale. Chamber orchestra and students from the UCLA Ensemble Artist Program join Seraphic Fire singers to perform two of Bach’s great works in a burst of sonic glory in this arresting program.
PROGRAM TO INCLUDE:
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Johann Sebastian Bach: Ascension Oratorio, BWV 11
Join us 1 hour before each concert for a Pre-Concert Conversation!
Fri, Feb 24, 8:00pm | Coral Gables (Little Flower)
Sat, Feb 25, 7:30pm | Ft. Lauderdale