The music of J.S. Bach is an enduring feature of Emmanuel Music. This is most evident at Sunday services, where a Bach cantata is performed nearly every weekend at Emmanuel Church, but one senses that the composer is somehow present there at all times. And for the third consecutive year, the ensemble is guiding a small group of students through an intensive study of Bach’s music.
The Bach Institute is a joint undertaking among Emmanuel Music; Winsor Music, whose artistic director is longtime Emmanuel oboist Peggy Pearson; and the Oberlin Conservatory. Running Jan. 5-20, it gives 16 students from Oberlin and local colleges and conservatories opportunities for study and performance. Public activities include a master class, lectures, and a performance of Bach’s Cantata BWV 97, “In allen meinen Taten.” The faculty, drawn from the Emmanuel ranks, includes Pearson, artistic director Ryan Turner, principal guest conductor John Harbison, soprano Kendra Colton, mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal, tenor Frank Kelley, violinist Heidi Braun-Hill, and organist Michael Beattie.