Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis in meinem Herzen, BWV 21
(I had much sorrow within my heart)

Bach’s largest sacred cantata opens with an atmosphere similar to Tomaso Albinoni’s (Giazotto) famous Adagio. The sublime and sorrowful Aria for Soprano and Oboe “Sighing, Weeping, Sorrow, Need” has been called the emotional heart of this cantata. Perhaps an homage to Antonio Vivaldi, Bach borrows a theme from his Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11, for a grand fugue subject.

Sponsored by Ann Kirchhoff

Due to recent world events, the CBE board of directors has decided to postpone our performance of Cantata #21. We will do everything we can to reschedule this performance and will keep you updated with any new developments. Stay tuned. 

Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village


Cantata Insights Series: $15 adult, students free with an ID
Messiah: $35 adult, $10 student
Celebrating Virtuosity Concerts: $20 adult, $10 student
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About the Cantata Insights Series

Colorado Bach Ensemble’s “Cantata Insights Series” gives audiences an opportunity to learn more about Bach’s many cantatas. In these popular and educational concerts, Artistic Director James Kim has a special way of explaining what he knows, drawing you into the wonders of Bach’s music. After James gives his insights on a “guided tour” through one of the cantatas, the ensemble performs the work in its entirety, giving the audience a fresh perspective on one of Bach’s magnificent works.


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