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Bach Subject of Free Talk

Free Lecture on Bach’s Cantatas Open to the Public

UC Riverside Orchestra Conductor to Lecture on J.S. Bach’s Works

(July 10, 2003)

Ruth Charloff, who will speak about J.S. Bach's Cantatas

Ruth Charloff, who will speak about J.S. Bach's Cantatas

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California, Riverside presents a free lecture titled, “Bach's Cantatas,” from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday July 15, at the UC Riverside Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Suite A. Parking at the Extension Center is $3.

The lecturer is Ruth Charloff, conductor of the UC Riverside University Orchestra and the UC Riverside Chamber Singers. She will look at how Bach composed each of his cantatas for a specific place in the Lutheran liturgical calendar and how he used the music of the cantatas as a way to affirm listeners’ bonds with their community.

Charloff teaches conducting, Introduction to Music, and 20th-century music history at UC Riverside, where she has actively promoted new works as well as interdisciplinary and multicultural performance projects. Her DMA dissertation in orchestral conducting, from Northwestern University School of Music, examined recorded performances of Mozart and Haydn in light of their phrase structure ambiguities.

The UC Riverside Osher Lifelong Institute is a new program for adults ages 50 and older. The program features non-credit classes each quarter, an annual conference and international study tours.
For more information about this lecture, call the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute office at (909) 827-7139.

Bach's creative life stretched from the early 1700s till his death in 1750, a time known as the Baroque period in European classical music. Contrary to his somewhat undeserved ultra-religious image, Bach only devoted relatively short periods of this half century to the composition of church music, according to Bach scholar Jan Koster. Bach lived in Leipzig, Germany from 1723 until his death in 1750. Bach was a prolific cantata composer, writing more-than 300 cantatas, many in only the first five of years of his time in Leipzig, according to Koster. Many of Bach’s cantatas were subsequently lost.

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