Juilliard415 and Royal Early Music

2021–2022 Season

Juilliard415 & Royal Early Music

Paul Agnew, director

Saturday, March 26, 2022
8pm | First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

VIRTUAL PREMIERE: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8pm (ET)
Available to watch until April 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (ET)

C. P. E. Bach: Die Israeliten in der Wüste

Musical Co-Director of Les Arts Florissants Paul Agnew makes his BEMF conducting début in a unique collaboration with singers and instrumentalists from New York City’s Juilliard415 and Royal Early Music of the Hague performing Carl Philipp Emanuel’s rarely heard oratorio, Die Israeliten in der Wüste. Composed in 1768, this audacious depiction of the suffering of the Israelites in the desert was specifically intended not only for the church but also for the concert hall, inspired by Handel’s famous Messiah.

BEMF thanks the Packard Humanities Institute for their generous support of this concert. The performing parts, based on the critical edition Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works (www.cpebach.org), were made available by the Packard Humanities Institute.

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