This preview has been provided by Baroque & Beyond.

Baroque & Beyond opens its 2013-14 season on Sunday, October 13 with “Vanish Ev’ry Torment.” Concert time is 3:00 pm in the historic chapel at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. 

Guest artist for this performance is bass-baritone James F. Weaver, a frequent performer with many of the finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in North America and Europe. As a young singer Mr. Weaver’s interest in Early Music led him to Amsterdam, where he studied with Dutch baritone Max van Egmond, receiving a performance degree from the Sweelinck Conservatory in 1988. Since then he has performed with many of the world’s finest period instrument ensembles, including Collegium Vocale Ghent, The Academy of the Begienhoff, the Orpheus Band, The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Dryden Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Seattle and Portland Baroque Orchestras, New York Pro Musica, the Baltimore Consort, The Newberry Consort, Columbus Consort, and the Ricercar Consort, Joshua Rifkin and The Bach Ensemble, Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists, Kenneth Slowik and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the San Francisco Bach Choir, Bethlehem Bach Choir, and the Washington Bach Consort. He is also a sought-after interpreter of Lieder and an active teacher and choral conductor.

Mr. Weaver will be featured in two arias for bass and basso continuo by J.S. Bach, and will be joined by soprano Florence Peacock in Bach’s Cantata BWV 32, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen.

The cantata’s instrumental ensemble is William Thauer, baroque oboe; Andrew Bonner & Robert Garbarz, baroque violin; Joey O’Donnell, baroque viola; Robbie Link, viola da gamba; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. Biggs is Artistic Director of Baroque & Beyond. They will be featured in the following instrumental works:

  • Graun, Trio Sonata in F major (oboe, violin, and basso continuo)
  • Buxtehude, Trio Sonata Op. 1 no. 1, BuxWV 252  (violin, viola, and basso continuo)
  • Telemann, Concerto in F major, TWV 42:F4 (oboe, violin, and basso continuo)

The Baroque & Beyond series is presented by Preservation Chapel Hill. Tickets ($20) will be available at the door. They can also be ordered in advance from the Preservation Chapel Hill office at 919.942.7818. Additional information about Baroque & Beyond is found at The website offers musician biographies, photographs, and information about period instruments and performance practices. Please note that the church is constructing a new wing. Parking should be available in the Rosemary Street parking deck, and may also be available in the Planetarium parking lot and on nearby streets.