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
Charles Humphries, countertenor
Christopher Schroeder, organ
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
“…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.