Organist Anne Laver, who played Schroeder Hall’s Brombaugh Opus 9 organ for several years during its sojourn in Rochester, New York, returns to join the Sonoma Bach Choir in a recital centering upon Martin Luther’s chorales. The concert proceeds around the circle of the year, beginning with Advent and ending with Pentecost; each occasion is marked by a chorale, first heard in bare unison, then in an organ setting, and finally in a hymn-arrangement sung by the choir with organ. As the year turns, a pattern of dark-to-light is revealed, with each stage defined by Luther’s inimitable melodies. Composers include Johann Walter, J.H. Schein, Dieterich Buxtehude & (of course!) J.S. Bach.
Anne Laver, organ
Sonoma Bach Choir
Friday, January 11, 8pm
BachGrounder pre-concert talk, 7:25PM