Back Bay Chorale and the Boston Public Library are pleased to present Johann Sebastian Bach's Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39 in a free public concert. Also featured on the program is Alchemy, a Back Bay Chorale co-commissioned piece by Seattle composer Karen P. Thomas set to the text of the eponymous poem by Sara Teasdale. Joining us will be members of our Bridges ESL Chorus. Operated in partnership with the Boston Public LIbrary's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, the Bridges ESL Chorus provides participants with an opportunity to make vocal music, improve their English language skills, and develop friendships with singers—within the ESL community as well as with singers from Back Bay Chorale.
Saturday, March 5, 2022 • 1:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library: Central Library in Copley Square
700 Boylston Street
Grand Staircase, McKim Building • 1:00 p.m.
William Billings (1746–1800)
Deferrari Hall • 1:15 p.m.
O, Colored Earth
Steve Heitzeg (b. 1959)
Katherine Chan conducting the Bridges ESL Chorus
Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV39 (Give the hungry your bread)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Boylston Room, McKim Building • 1:50 p.m.
Karen P. Thomas (b. 1957)
Words from the poem Alchemy, by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
Members of Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra
Members of Bridges ESL Chorus
Katherine Chan conducting
Scott Allen Jarrett conducting