“Sixth annual Bachanalia is a glorious success”

Last Friday was BACHanalia at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, and Portara performed in it.  We had a blast, and we were a hit!  John Pitcher, in his ArtNowNashville review, had this to say about us:

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.

Isn’t this picture of Portara lovely?  We’re such a colorful group.

Our complete musical offering was:

  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, singing the original German chorale text from BWV 147 movements 6 and 10
  • Cold and Fugue Season, arr. Ellen Foncannon

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