Bach Festival coming to Brickworks this May

Submitted by the Salish Sea Early Music Festival.

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents a May Bach Festival which includes two performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with guest musicians Maike Albrecht and harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor from Lübeck, Germany. The two concerts take place at Brickworks at 150 Nichols Street in Friday Harbor. Admission is by suggested donation (a free-will offering) of $20 or $25. Those 18 and under are free. All are welcome regardless of donation. For additional information please see (The website has been updated.)

The first concert, A Bach Cantata: Ich Habe Genug takes place on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. It features soprano Maike Albrecht and harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor along with baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan in a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred cantata Ich habe genug and other works by Johann Sebastian Bach including the Musical Offering trio sonata, the Italian Concerto for solo harpsichord and the Partita for solo flute.

The church cantata Ich habe genug (“I am content”), BWV 82 was composed in Leipzig in 1727 for the feast Purification of Mary and is one of the most often performed and recorded of Bach’s sacred cantatas. In this cantata, based on the Song of Simeon, Bach projects a feeling of serene contentedness with life and an expression of the experience of body and soul coming to rest and in complete harmony beyond anything that mere words can convey.

The second concert; Concerti and Cantatas by Bach, will be held Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. and features soprano Maike Albrecht, harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor and flutist Jeffrey Cohan with baroque orchestra, to include Cantata 209 Non sa che sia dolore, the Suite No. 2 in B Minor and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 among other works by Johann Sebastian Bach. The baroque chamber orchestra will include violinists Carrie Krause, Elisabeth Phelps and Lindsey Strand-Polyak and cellist Adaiha Macadam-Somer.