In this concert, the acclaimed British vocal ensemble Magnificat explores the motets by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, delving into the great flowering of the polyphonic style in the eighteenth century. The program will feature some Bach's masterworks-"Jesu, meine Freude;" "Komm, Jesu, Komm;" and "Fürchte, dich nicht"-alongside lesser-known complementary works by Johann Schelle, Johann Schein, and J.C. and J.M. Bach.
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The concert is part Magnificat's stay at Duke as an ensemble-in-residence March 13-20. In addition to this concert, their public performances include a concert on Wednesday, March 16, at Duke Chapel and a Choral Vespers Service on Thursday, March 17, also at Duke Chapel. They will also offer workshops. Learn more at https://chapel.duke.edu/magnificat
For over thirty years, Magnificat has toured internationally presenting historically-informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces with passion and expressivity. Their recordings with Linn Records have been described as having "startling clarity" and "almost overpowering richness." Their 2016 album Scattered Ashes was a finalist in the Gramophone Magazine Awards.
Magnificat is directed by Dr. Philip Cave, the associate conductor for Chapel Music at Duke Chapel and the group's founder. As a soloist, Dr. Cave has performed under celebrated conductors including Leonard Bernstein and Sir Roger Norrington, at venues including the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and the Sydney Opera House. He was a joint recipient of the American Musicological Society's Greenberg Award; he has received the Byrne Award by the London Handel Society and is an Honorary Fellow of London's Academy of St Cecilia.