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Gamut Bach Ensemble

Overview

The word Gamut, in music, is the complete range of notes in a system, an instrument or a particular piece.  It derives from “Gamma-Ut,” the lowest note on the medieval sequence of hexachords– the system used in the teaching of practical music well into the baroque period.  Paying tribute to the root of so much of what classical music is today, this ensemble brings you an evening of Bach “dialogue” cantatas.

The first ensemble with this name was formed in Tokyo Japan in 2005 as a period instrument group that consisted of young experts. Director Koji Otsuki, who now coaches Bach cantata rehearsals at the Marlboro Music Festival, has been seeking ways to collaborate with modern-trained young professionals who rarely get to perform this repertoire despite their wish.  This Philadelphia version of Gamut Bach Ensemble was born as the place of the collaboration with its original vision of insightful and conscientious Bach.

" elegant simplicity that opened doors for the audience to discover the piece's meaning for themselves."

-Philadelphia Inquirer

Gamut Bach Ensemble

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Program

All-Bach Cantata program

Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 58
Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56
Selected cantata arias
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus), BWV 106

 

This concert is underwritten by Martin and Cynthia Heckscher, with support from the Gould Family Foundation.

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Gamut Bach Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Koji Otsuki, director; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Sara Couden, alto; Kyle Stegall, tenor; John Moore, baritone; Mary Lynch & Frank Rosenwein, oboe & oboe d’amore; Emilie-Anne Gendron & David McCarroll, violin; Ayane Kozasa & Shizuka Inoue, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello; Nate West, double bass; Amy Yang, organ

Bach: Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn, BWV 23
Bach: Selected arias
Bach: Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54
Bach: Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36

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Gamut Bach Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Koji Otsuki, director; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano; Steven Bradshaw, tenor; Thomas Meglioranza, baritone; Mary Lynch, oboe & oboe d'amore; Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; David McCarroll, violin; Shizuka Inoue, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello; Kurt Muroki, double bass; Amy Yang, organ

Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170
Bach: Meinem Hirten bleib ich treu, BWV 92/8
Bach: Hilf, Gott, dass es uns gelingt 194/5
Bach: Der Friede sei, mit dir, BWV 158
Bach: Wo gehest du hin, BWV 166/1
BachWir eilen mit schwachen, BWV 78/2
Bach: Choral: Ertöt uns durch dein Güte, BWV 22/5
Bach: Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32

Gamut Bach Ensemble Concert Philadelphia
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Gamut Bach Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Koji Otsuki, director and violoncello piccolo; Sarah Shafer, soprano; John Moore, baritone; Mary Lynch, oboe; Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; David McCarroll, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola;  Angela Park, cello; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Nate West, double bass; Maho Sone Grazzini, organ

All-Bach Program including Cantatas:
Ich habe genug, BWV 82
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199
Selected arias

Gamut Bach Ensemble Concert Philadelphia
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Gamut Bach Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sarah Shafer, soprano; Thomas Meglioranza, baritone; Mary Lynch, oboe; Frank Rosenwein, oboe;  Alexandra von der Embse, english horn; Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; David McCarroll, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Angela Park, cello; Heather Miller Lardin, double bass; Maho Sone Grazzini, organ; Koji Otsuki, violoncello piccolo and director

Bach: Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49
Bach: Selig ist der Mann, BWV 57
Bach: Selection of Seasonal Arias

Philadelphia Inquirer

“ elegant simplicity that opened doors for the audience to discover the piece's meaning for themselves.”

Broad Street Review

“...knowledgeable, historically informed performances...”

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