Washington Kantorei to present 'Pillars of the Baroque' concert


The Washington Kantorei will present "Pillars of the Baroque," a choral concert with a chamber orchestra, at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

Featured will be a modern premiere of the cantata Jesus sey mein erstes Wort by Georg Philipp Telemann, a renowned 18th-century German composer.

"It's the first time it's been performed since probably the 18th century," said Baroque scholar and organist Dale Voelker, who directs the group. "It's never been published. There are over 1,300 cantatas of Telemann and probably less than 50 that are in print."

The nonprofit group of community singers specializes in bringing little-known Baroque and 20th-century works to modern audiences.

Also on the program are Singet dem Herrn by J.S. Bach, Ich hebe meine Augen auf (Psalm 121), Selig sind die Toten by Heinrich Schutz, and two pieces by 20th-century composers Erhard Mauersberger and John Muehleisen.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children ages 16 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door. Information or tickets: 410-465-2977.

The concert also will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday at the German Embassy in Washington.

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