The program also includes two other works with obligato harpsichord: Handel’s Cantata Pastorella for soprano featuring Rebecca Miller Saunders and Telemann’s Trio in B-flat for solo recorder (Edward Ferrell) and solo viol (Holly Wright Maurer).

The harpsichord does enjoy its usual role in a rarely heard sonata by Dutchman Johannes Schenk for solo bass viol and continuo.

UNC-Charlotte bass-baritone Carl DuPont makes his debut with Carolina Pro Musica as he joins on an aria with obligato flute from Bach’s Cantata 123 “Lass, O welt”. This work has imitative ideas like the counterpoint heard in the trio sonata by Bach.

DuPont who participated in the Bach Leipzig competition in 2016 then joins with soprano Saunders for Bach’s beautiful duet from Cantata 140, movement 6. “Mein Freund ist mein!” (My Friend is mine!), is a duet for soprano and bass with an obligato instrument. This duet is a love duet between the soprano (the Soul) and the bass (Jesus) The obligato instrument sets the tone of joy which continues with the voices as they answer each other before joining together in the middle section of the aria. This work is from the cantata “Wachet auf” which many consider a cantata of highest quality,with every movement being well-crafted – perhaps another glimpse of Heaven.

Join Carolina Pro Musica and revel in Bach’s use of counterpoint, the use of obligato harpsichord and a vocal duet without equal. See glimpses of Heaven in this music of the 18th century.

Sharon Presbyterian, The Chapel
5201 Sharon Rd. Charlotte 28210

Tickets $8.00-16.00