When in the 1700s Bach and Baroque musicians looked at the sky, they not only saw clouds or stars, they heard the planets making music.
Delta Kappa Gamma, Society of Women Enlighteners, Omega Chapter, welcomes members and audiences to Johann Hears Heaven, a unique program about Johann Sebastian Bach, presented by some of Gettysburg’s best musicians at 3pm on Sunday, April 10, at St. James Lutheran Church, 109 York St., Gettysburg.
“Johann Hears the Heavens” is a multimedia program about Bach, Baroque and music of the heavens, created as a result of a recent month of training of teacher and DKG member Patrice Smith in Germany. “If you can use Bach and ‘fun’ in one sentence, I guarantee it will be both,” Smith promises. Johann Hears Heaven will feature photo essays and videos on YouTube along with many professional and church musicians playing Bach’s “Best Hits”, including the exciting “Takata in D”, “Air on a G String”, “Ave Maria”. “, And the famous” Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring “, as well as well-known plays such as” Sheep May Safely Grace “, and a prelude to the cello in G, and even some audience participation.
Sunday afternoon will be attended by St. James’s Minister of Music and Organist Timothy Braband, flutist Karen Botterbusch, oboist Johanna Johnson of the Lutheran Seminary, young cellist of Gettysburg Jesse Hsu, vocalists Jamie Pel Pee Pina with many of the church’s key performers, including Brittany McLey of Gettysburg First Baptist and Smith herself, an organist at St. Francis Xavier.
“The month in Germany, sponsored by the National Humanities Foundation, gave 25 teachers from all over the country the opportunity to visit Bach’s birthplace, primary residence and places where he played and worked, and it taught us a lot more than just music. and a composer, but the role of music in worship and art, and where he fit into his place and time, ”says Smith. “The April 10 program in St. James is a way to share this experience with my Delta Kappa Gamma sisters and the Adams-Hanover community, and to celebrate one of the truly great artists of history in a setting he would approve of.”
Admission to the event is one food bank in support of the current DKG Hunger Project. After the program, which is expected to last about 75 minutes, snacks will be served.