CCM Chamber Choir PRESENTS

Life and Death: Bach Dances 


7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, Christ Church Cathedral

CCM Chamber Choir

Joe Miller, music director and conductor 
Taylor Carrasco, guest choreographer  
Sharon Huizingalighting designer  
Rama VanGils, associate lighting designer
Featuring faculty artist Elliot Madore, baritone   
Featuring guest artists from 
Cincinnati Ballet  

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Program Note

By Joe Miller, CCM Professor and Director of Choral Studies

Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos (1925-74), ends her poem La anunciación by stating: 

Porque desde el principio me estabas destinado 
era mi soledad un tránsito sombrío 
y un ímpetus de fiebre inconsolable.

Because from the start you were fated to be mine 
my solitude was a somber passage, 
an impetus of inconsolable fever.

In Bach’s exuberant Magnificat in D Major, he celebrates the miracle of anticipating new life, but he also illuminates the anxiety and trepidation that Mary feels. Giving birth for the first time comes with a tidal wave of emotion. As family members we often focus on the joy and anticipation of birth, but it is equally important to consider the gravity and worry that a woman must experience. The attraction to this work is in the tension between these contrasting emotional states. 

In opposition to the Magnificat, the text and music of Bach’s famous solo cantata Ich habe genung offers a glimpse into the end of life. This cantata written for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary is now celebrated on the second day of Christmas. Ulrich Leisinger tells us that: “the Bible reading for the feast is from St. Luke, 2:25. In this reading, it was revealed to the god-fearing Simeon that he should not see death before he had seen Christ, the Lord’s anointed. He was brought by the Holy Spirit to the temple, where Mary and Joseph were present. There, he took the child Jesus in his arms, praised God and said: ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.' This sentence is implicit in the libretto, characterized by the joyful expectation of death, which an unknown librettist compiled for Johann Sebastian Bach.” As in the Magnificat, the text and music of Ich habe genung creates the tension between life and death. 

Guest artist Taylor Carrasco and I developed this program by weaving together a narrative built from both works. The order was determined by building contrast in the emotional states of the characters and the attention to light and dark. Through dance and Bach’s meaningful music we hope to draw attention to the commonalities that we share as human beings. Our shared experience of life and death are viscerally expressed through art. The music of the body and the movement of sound are natural conduits for expression. 

Musical Selections

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1732)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


  • Magnificat anima mea Dominum (choir) 
    My soul magnifies the Lord. 

  • Et exultavit spiritus meus (soprano solo)
    And my spirit has rejoiced in God my savior.
    • Maya McGuire, soprano
  • Quia respexit humilitatem (soprano solo) 
    For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
    • Olivia Knutsen, soprano

Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (1727)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Featuring faculty artist Elliot Madore, baritone


  • 1. Aria
    I have enough,
    I have taken the Savior, the hope of the devout,
    Into my eager arms;
    I have enough!
    I have seen him,
    My faith has brought Jesus to my heart;
    Now, even today,
    I could joyfully depart from here.

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1732)

  • Quia fecit mihi magna (bass solo)
    For he who is mighty has done great things to me;
    and holy is his name.
    • Emilio Vasquez, baritone
  • Et misericordia (alto/tenor duet)
    And his mercy is on them who fear him
    from generation to generation.
    • Rachael Bell, alto and Alex Gushrowski, tenor
  • Fecit potentiam in bracchio suo (choir) 
    He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud,
    even the arrogant of heart. 

Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (1727)

Featuring faculty artist Elliot Madore, baritone


  • 2. Recitative 
    I have enough.
    My sole consolation is
    That Jesus is mine, and I am his.
    I hold him in faith,
    For along with Simeon
    I see the joy of that life.
    Let us go with this man!
    Oh! if only the Lord would free me
    From the prison of this body;
    Oh! if only my end had come,
    With what joy I would say to the world:
    I have enough.

  • 3. Aria 
    Rest in sleep, you weary eyes,
    Close softly and joyfully!
    World, I am not staying here,
    There is no longer any part of you
    Necessary to my soul.
    Here I must endure sorrow,
    But there, there I shall find
    Sweet peace, quiet rest.

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1732)

  • Deposuit potentes de sede (tenor solo) 
    He has deposed the might from their seats,
    and exalted the humble.
    • Tristan Tournaud, tenor
  • Esurientes implevis bonis (alto solo)
    The hungry he has filled with good things,
    and the rich he has sent empty away.
    • Rachael Bell, alto
  • Suscepit Israel puerum suum (soprano trio)
    He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy.

Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (1727)

Featuring faculty artist Elliot Madore, baritone


  • 4. Recitative 
    My God! when shall that beautiful moment come,
    When I depart in peace
    Into the cool earth
    And find rest there, in your arms?
    My parting words are finished,
    World, good night!

  • 5. Aria 
    I greet death with joy,
    Oh, would that it had already come.
    For then I shall escape the suffering
    That ties me to the world.

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1732)

  • Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros (choir) 
    As it was spoken to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his seed for ever.

  • Gloria Patri (choir) 
    Glory be to the Father, and to the son,
    and to the Holy Spirit.
    As it was in the beginning, is now,
    and every shall be, world without end.

Guest Artists

Taylor Carrasco,

Taylor Carrasco, choreographer

Cincinnati Ballet Corps de Ballet member

Nicolas Bierwagen headshot

Nicolas Bierwagen

Cincinnati Ballet CB2 Dancer

Erin Blair headshot

Erin Blair

Cincinnati Ballet CB2 Dancer

Julia Gundzik headshot

Julia Gundzik

Cincinnati Ballet CB2 Dancer

 Anderson Da Silva hedshot

Anderson Da Silva

Cincinnati Ballet CB2 Dancer

About CCM Choral

CCM's Choral Studies Program is internationally recognized for more than 50 years of excellence in training conductors for successful, lifelong careers in the choral arts. Our choral ensembles are proud to offer transformative musical experiences for singers and audiences. Performances range from acclaimed staged productions presented in collaboration with CCM’s Opera Department to presentations of contemporary works.

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