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Christmas classic concert at the King Center
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Posted: 2013 Dec 13 - 06:36

Bach's 'Oratorio' to be performed by the Brevard Community Chorus

By Amanda Hatfield Anderson

Staff Writer

BREVARD -- A baroque masterpiece of beloved Christmas chorales, choruses and solo works written in 1734 will be performed this weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m., the Brevard Community Chorus will present Johann Sebastian Bach's "Oratorio," parts one through three, at the King Center for the Performing Arts. The chorus will be accompanied by select players from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and active military and $5 for children or college students, with valid student identification.

Bach is the master of us all -- his music is both technically challenging and musically rewarding," said Dr. Robert E. Lamb, professor of music, director of choral activities and chair of the department of Performing and Visual Arts for Florida Eastern State College. Dr. Lamb will conduct the members of the Brevard Community Chorus.

"Though Bach was never an opera composer, he certainly knew how to tell a compelling story through music," he added.

Bach's "Oratorio" consists of six parts overall, each part originally intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period.

This weekend's performance highlights parts one through three; the first part tells of the birth of Jesus, while the second and third parts describe the annunciation to and the adoration of the shepherds.

Featured in the Saturday concert will also be professional soloists Rebecca Holbrook-Loar, soprano; Eliza Dopira, alto; Brad Diamond, tenor; and Kyle Knappenberger, bass.

Dr. Lamb said that it was divine providence that led to such talented soloists joining him for Bach's "Oratorio."

"The Brevard Community Chorus was already an excellent group of singers when I joined the college in 1998, so there was already a legacy of high standards, challenging repertoire and dedicated singers," Dr. Lamb said.

The show, which is approximately one and a half hours, plus an intermission, is a masterpiece that Dr. Lamb and the members of the Brevard Community Chorus have put a great deal of effort into.

"I love the feeling of the first downbeat of every performance, when I know our 16 weeks of work is now coming to fruition," Dr. Lamb said. "The fun for me is the work of the process -- the weekly choir rehearsals, the hours of score study alone, the rehearsals with the orchestra, who bring a different level of energy to the process. On the night of the performance, though, the conducting is nothing but pure fun, with no work involved."

A truly classic seasonal piece, Dr. Lamb hopes the community enjoys the Brevard Community Chorus's performance.

"This set of cantatas is one of the monuments of Western music -- an art form that reminds us all of what it is to be human and what it feels like to be human with each other," Dr. Lamb said. "We will be sharing that feeling among ourselves at the King Center, just as those first performers and audience members shared it among themselves in 1734, when the piece was first performed. People should attend this concert because they deserve their place in the line of human souls that have heard and been touched by this music for the past 279 years."

The Brevard Community Chorus will present Bach's "Oratorio," parts one through three, on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the King Center for the Performing Arts.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and active military and $5 for children or college students, with valid student identification.

The King Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.

For more information, visit the King Center box office or call (321) 242-2219.




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