This holiday season, Portsmouth Pro Musica will present J.S. Bach’s Cantata #140, “Sleepers, Wake!” at two Seacoast performances. As one of Bach’s most familiar and performed chorales, based on a hymn tune written by Philip Nicolai in 1599 “Wachet auf,” Cantata #140 will be performed in German accompanied by Sam Partyka and featuring a chamber orchestra and soloists Maggie O’Neill and Fred Calcinari. Several additional holiday pieces will round out the program and a specially selected by Portsmouth Pro Musica’s Artistic Director, Priscilla Stevens French.’
The first performance will be held on Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Church, 25 Chestnut Street in Dover, NH. The second performance will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30pm at Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street in Portsmouth. Advance ticket pricing is $15 general admission with a $13 rate for students and seniors and tickets at the door will be $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at www.portsmouthpromusica.org or from any chorus member.
Portsmouth Pro Musica is dedicated to providing an enriching musical experience to its members and audiences through the scholarship and presentation of diverse professional-level choral repertoire. The chorus is well-known throughout the Seacoast for the warmth and energy of its sound, adventurous programming and excellent musicianship. Concerts are presented with attention to detail, precision and accuracy of interpretation. Portsmouth Pro Musica aims to share with its audiences the beauty and variety of choral literature. The chorus draws its voices from the greater Seacoast area, including New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northern Massachusetts. New singers are welcome to audition for the spring 2023 semester.
For more information, please visit www.portsmouthpromusica.org.