Long Beach Chorale Sings Bach’s Magnificat

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Join the Chorale December 15 & 16 to hear a Baroque celebration of the season with music that tells the story of three composers in competition for the same job in Leipzig, Germany, in 1722.

The music of eighteenth century composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Christoph Graupner will be featured in concerts by the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra on December 15 and 16, 2012. Bach’s Magnificat will be the highlight of the program.

The music underscores a critical juncture in music history, when all three composers were in competition for the same job. Even in today’s job market, it’s hard for us to imagine that Johann Sebastian Bach would have had trouble getting any musical position he wanted—but when he applied to be the music director for the churches of Leipzig, Germany, in 1722, he wasn’t the man the town council had in mind. His hiring in April 1723 was a last resort after several preferred candidates had proven unavailable, and caused a council member to utter the now-famous words, “since the best could not be gotten, one must make do with the mediocre.”

Joined by a full orchestra and a quintet of outstanding soloists, the Chorale will perform works by the composers the town council considered the “best,” and will culminate with the superb 1723 Magnificat by the “mediocre” applicant now generally known as the greatest musical mind in history. The Chorale’s 70-plus voices will be led by Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein. A reception follows each performance.

Long Beach Chorale Bach: Magnificat is Saturday December 15, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday December 16, 3:00 p.m. at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker, Long Beach, CA. Tickets for the event are $25 adults, $15 students.

For tickets, visit the Chorale’s web page at www.longbeachchorale.org or call 562-427-1931.

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