On Wednesday evening, March 18 the Repast Baroque Ensemble, joined by bass-baritone Jonathan Woody (photo), will be at McKinney Chapel of the First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont Street (between Monroe Place and Clinton). They will present “Struggle & Jubilation,” a concert that explores the aesthetic and theological connections between music of the German Baroque and African-American spirituals.
Composers in the German Baroque created vocal chamber music that covers the emotional gambit from despair to elation. A world and several generations apart, African-American spirituals covered a similar emotional range and were drawn from the same scriptural texts.
The concert’s program will include spirituals along with compositions by Schütz, Buxtehude, Bernhard, Bruhns, and Krieger. Instrumentalists for this concert are Amelia Roosevelt and Theresa Salomon on violin, Sarah Stone on viola da gamba, and Gabe Shuford on harpsichord.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. You may buy tickets here. There will be a second performance on Thursday evening, March 19 at Manhattan Country School, 150 West 85th Street.