Bach Society season finale on Sunday at Central Lutheran


The Bach Society of Minnesota will present its season finale “Easter Oratorio” by J.S. Bach, the “Thomaskantor,” on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 259 West Wabasha Street in Winona.

With this concert, the Bach Society begins a series of performances of all Bach’s oratorios with the magnificent “Easter Oratorio.” The inventive use of instrumental and vocal colors makes this oratorio a miracle of music, in which three trumpets and timpani set the tone in a fascinating musical exploration of the Easter events.

The program will include Bach’s “Italian Concerto BWV 971,” arranged by Matthias Maute, “cantata 82a, Ich habe genug” for soprano, flute, strings and continuo, and the “Easter Oratorio, BWV 249,” complete with trumpets and timpani.

Tickets are available online and at the door and are $23 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+) and $8 for students. Visit, call 651-239-4813, or email to purchase tickets or for more information.


About Matthias Maute

JUNO Award-winning Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as a conductor, composer, recorder and flute player. He is widely recognized for creating and leading ingenious original programs with Ensemble Caprice, the orchestra he conducts in Montreal. He tours extensively with the ensemble, frequently performing in prestigious festivals around the globe. He also has conducted the world’s leading baroque orchestras, including Seattle Baroque, Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble. Maute won the JUNO Award — the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy — for Best Classical Album of the Year (vocal or choral performance) for “Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels” on the Analekta label. His recording of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos,” juxtaposed with his own arrangements of Preludes from Shostakovich’s Op. 87, was hailed by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross “for its fleet, characterful approach” and “its fresh, vibrant colors.” Based in Montreal, Maute is co-artistic director of the Montreal Baroque Festival. He currently teaches at l’Université de Montreal and McGill University.


About the Bach Society of Minnesota

The Bach Society of Minnesota is the region’s only performing arts organization focused on the glorious vocal and instrumental music of Johann Sebastian Bach and those he inspired. With an incredible 84-year history, BSM is the oldest organization in the U.S. specializing in Bach’s music. Today, the organization continues its commitment to high-caliber performances with period instruments and historic performance practices that communicate the depths and passions of Bach’s compositions.


About Central Lutheran Church

Central Lutheran Church is located at Huff and Wabasha (Seventh) next to Winona State University.  For more information, call 507-452-5156 or visit


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