WINTER CELEBRATION CONCERT
Sunday, January 7 at 4 pm
Grace United Methodist, 5407 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210
Bach’s Cantata 9: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
Bach’s Cantata 54: Widerstehe doch der Sünde
Handel’s Organ Concerto, Op. 4, No. 5 in F major
Kate Vetter Cain, soprano
Charles Humphries, countertenor
Christopher Schroeder, organ
STUDENT VOICE EXCHANGE GUEST CHOIR:
Institute of Notre Dame
Bach in Baltimore’s Winter Celebration Concert features Es ist das Heil uns kommen her (It is our salvation come here to us), a church cantata written for performances in Leipzig in 1724. It is based on a hymn by Paul Speratus. Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just resist sin) is Bach’s first surviving cantata for a solo voice. This performance features one of the most sought after countertenors worldwide, Charles Humphries. Christopher Schroeder will open the program as the organ soloist for the magnificent Handel Organ Concerto.
Admission: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
Soprano Kate Vetter Cain’s “sweetness of timbre and vocal power” (The Washington Post) has led her to collaborate with some of our region’s most renowned ensembles. She has sung as both a soloist and ensemble member for many seasons with the Washington Bach Consort, and has especially enjoyed both soprano solo parts in the Mass in B-minor and many cantata solos with the late and much beloved J. Reilly Lewis. Kate has also been a soloist for Leonard Slatkin with the National Chamber Players in Mahler’s 4th Symphony and for Kenneth Slowik in BWV 51 “Jauchzet Gott,” and also with the Cathedral Choral Society, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with conductor Marin Alsop, Folger Consort, Chantry, Cathedra, Washington Concert Opera with conductor Antony Walker, Orchestra of St. Luke’s with conductor Will Crutchfield, Washington Ballet, DC’s In Series, Ash-Lawn Highland Festival, Caramoor Festival Opera, Taconic Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, and Off-Broadway with The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Kate especially enjoyed singing solo songs of Chopin to the choreography of ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon at the New York City Center debut of his company Morphoses, and again at the Vail International Festival of Dance. Kate earned a B.A. in History from Yale University, as well as a Master in Voice from Manhattan School of Music and a DMA from the University of Maryland, and served for ten years as music teacher at a bilingual DC public charter school. She currently maintains a private voice studio in Washington, DC.
“…his voice is smooth and well balanced from top to bottom….” Fanfare Music Magazine
Charles Humphries’ vocal career began in the UK as a 7-year-old chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he was honored with the letters ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music. Known for his intelligent interpretations of Baroque and Renaissance music, he has been one of the most sought-after countertenors worldwide for the past 25 years.
Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of very distinguished conductors, directors, and ensembles in the U.S.A. and around the globe. As a consort singer and soloist, he has made over 40 recordings including all the Venetian reconstructions produced by the Gabrieli Consort and the Kings Consort. He was also a major contributor to the Bach cantata pilgrimage during 2000 with Sir John Eliot Gardiner both as a soloist and consort member. His solo disc of solo cantatas by Bach continue to receive rave reviews with Kontrabande (Humphries’ own ensemble). Mr. Humphries is in high demand as a vocal coach, teacher, and mentor as well as running his successful private studio. He continues his collaboration with universities throughout the country. Mr. Humphries is the interim Minister of Music at St. Andrews, Oregon Hill in Richmond, VA.
Christopher Schroeder is the Minister of Music and organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore as well as the Chapel Organist at St. Paul School for Boys. Mr. Schroeder has been involved in church music for 35 years. His first church music experience was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rushville, IN, where his mother, Mary Jane Lawhead was the organist. Before graduating from high school, he studied organ privately at Earlham College and attended Interlochen Music Summer Camp, while playing the organ at several Protestant churches. He studied organ at Westminster Choir College before returning to Indiana University to complete a B.S.W. in Social Work. In 2008 Mr. Schroeder received a master’s degree in organ performance and church music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, under the guidance of Dr. Marilyn Keiser and Dr. William Gray. Other musical passions and expertise include choral singing and making organ music and congregational singing more meaningful to congregations.
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