SalonEra partners with GRAMMY-nominated tenor Nicholas Phan to probe the question “Is Bach’s music for everyone?” Drawing on tenor arias and interviews captured for Phan’s BACH 52 project, Nicholas, Debra Nagy, and a range of community members reckon with the complex social history of Bach’s music as well as its enduring resonance in their lives. Join us for this heartfelt and deeply personal exploration centered on one of the titans of baroque music: J.S. Bach.
Explore the Bach52 Project
Comprised of 52 episodes, each episode of BACH 52 features a film and recording of one tenor aria (or duet) from Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantatas that is paired with interviews with scholars, musicians, and audience-members that probes this question.
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Greg Nosan & Brandon Ruud
David Porter & Margaret Poutasse
Marc Vincent & Alex Nalbach in memory of Marc’s mother
REMOTE ARTIST SPONSORS
Daniel Williams for Nick Phan
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
“Des Vaters Stimme ließ sich hören” from Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 7
“Ich will an den Himmel denken” from Wo gehest du hin?, BWV 166
“O du von Gott erhöhte Kreatur” from Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121
Audio by Lolly Lewis, video edited by Henry Dombey & Nicholas Phan