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Matthew Lewis on St. George's Choral Society's fall concert and auditions
Posted 8/15/2014

Matthew LewisSt. George’s Choral Society, founded in 1817, will present Bach’s Cantata 140, Wachet auf, and Magnificat this fall at the Church of the Incarnation. Auditions for the group will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 6 PM at St. George’s Chapel, 5 Rutherford Place (on Stuyvesant Park). Matthew Lewis, The group’s Artistic Director, shares his insights on Bach, the concert and what it is like to sing in the group.

Laura Daly: SGCS will prepare an all-Bach program for their fall concert, including Cantata 140. Can you tell us what inspired this choice?

Matthew Lewis: For me, everything starts with Bach. Robert Schumann said that every pianist should make Bach their daily bread, and I have always believed that applies to all musicians. For a choir like SGCS, an all-Bach program is a wonderful way to sharpen technical and musical skills. In addition, the rich payoff of learning and internalizing this music is truly amazing. More...


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