Oratory - Sacred Bach ~ Easter Cantatas

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Westwood Lutheran Church

9001 Cedar Lake Road S.

St. Louis Park, MN  55426


"On April 19, Oratory pairs two Easter cantatas of fascinating juxtaposition - BWV 12 & 134. Both were written for the days immediately following Easter, yet their sentiments could not be more different. Cantata 134 resounds in the to-be-expected celebration of Easter; regal rhythms, adoring arias, and joyful tonalities exude praise and gratitude for the resurrection. By contrast, Cantata 12 represents some of Bach’s most sorrowful and poignant writing. Here, any joy of Easter is replaced by a somber reminder of the sacrifice of the crucifixion."

For this tightly-knit performance, the soloists sing the solos and form the choir.


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Linh Kauffman, soprano

Bethany Battafarano, soprano  

Clara Osowski, alto

Nicole Warner, alto

John Grau, tenor

Michael Hoffman, tenor

Aaron Larson, baritone

Justin Staebell, baritone



Kayla Moffett, violin

Marc Levine, violin

Tami Morse, harpsichord

Steve Staruch, viola

Julie Elhard, viola da gamba

David Williamson, bass

Ellen Rider, oboe

Stanley King, oboe

Joseph Jones, bassoon


Matthew J. Olson, conductor


About Oratory:

Oratory is a professional chamber choir and period instrument orchestra striving to present exceptional performances of J.S. Bach's sacred cantatas within historically informed worship services. Based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Oratory's artists are members of The Minnesota Orchestra, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Oregon Bach Festival, The Lyra Baroque Orchestra, The Colorado Bach Ensemble, The Minnesota Opera, Vocalessence, The Singers, and the Minnesota Chorale - all gathering together with audiences to engage in the marvels and mysteries of Bach.




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