Returning for a second time to Nashville’s annual Bachanalia festival, Portara Ensemble will present one of Bach’s most well-known and well-loved cantatas, “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (BWV 80). Portara’s performance in last year’s festival was a hit — here’s what ArtsNash.com’s John Pitcher had to say in his review:
My favorite performance of the evening probably came from the Portara Ensemble in its more serious guise. The group, under the expert direction of Shreyas Patel, gave a luminous account of the famous Cantata No. 61 “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland.” The group sang with a beautifully blended sound and with unfailing sensitivity to the text. They followed with an equally glorious reading of “Jesu, bleibet meine Freude” (better known in the English-speaking world as “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring”), which featured a vocal sound that truly shimmered and shined.
Now in its seventh year, Bachanalia has quickly become a major event in the Nashville classical music scene, with some of the city’s finest musicians contributing their time and talents to what Christ Church Cathedral calls, “[a] gift by the musicians of Nashville to the city of Nashville”:
Some of the best musicians Nashville has to offer will perform a continuous six hours of music, both in ways Bach would feel at home with and in ways that he never dreamed of. Drop in to this free event for a few minutes or a few hours or join the increasing number of folks who manage the whole event, fortified by the delicious food offered on site.
Portara is honored to once again take part in this fantastic showcase, offering our own gift to the community and showing why Nashville is the talk of the nation when it comes to classical music. The marathon starts at 5pm and goes until 11pm — check out our Upcoming Performances page for more information, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they happen!