web builder

Bach's Motets for Double Chorus

March 31 – April 3 2017

Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

Bach: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

Bach: Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir

Bach: Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt

Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm

and others

Among the most compelling and mysterious of Bach’s sacred works are his motets for double chorus. Composed for special occasions, these mesmerizing and ethereal works rely on the human voice, in its multifaceted splendor, to provide the color palette, melodic movement, harmonic textures, and, of course, the message of the text. Thomas and the American Bach Choir left the audience breathless when they last performed Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied and Fürchte dich nicht at the 2012 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. This presentation of Bach’s motets, including some frequently overlooked works only recently attributed to Bach, promises to be a banquet of sublime vocalism.

Friday March 31 2017 8:00 pm

St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday April 1 2017 8:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley [temporary venue for 2017]

Sunday April 2 2017 4:00 pm

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday April 3 2017 7:00 pm

Davis Community Church, Davis

Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.

American Bach Choir

American Bach Choir

“Singing with impressive precision and clarity, the choir revealed all the contrapuntal intricacies of Bach’s melodic lines...The American Bach Choir is renowned as one of the finest in the country”  

Classical Sonoma

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

“The supremely beautiful ensemble sound that Thomas has achieved testifies to his mastery.”

Bay Area Reporter

American Bach Choir

American Bach Choir

There are simply not enough superlatives to adequately describe their mastery and musicianship, and do justice to their dedication and artistry.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Free Pre-Concert "Insights"


One hour prior to our performances in February through May 2017, enjoy a free and informative lecture given by musicologist and conductor Victor Gavenda, an accomplished scholar who will share his insights about the music, the composers, and the experience of hearing great music from the Baroque era performed to the highest standards.