Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata BWV 63 at Emmanuel Music

FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE – November 19, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT – Jaclyn Dentino | [email protected]

A joyous performance of Bach’s Magnificat and the rarely performed BWV 63
Conducted by Ryan Turner
December 19, 2021 | 3:00pm EST

[BOSTON, MA] Emmanuel Music announces Christmas in Leipzig, to be performed at Emmanuel Church on December 19, 2021 at 3:00pm. The Chorus and Orchestra of Emmanuel Music return joyfully for celebratory music from Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig (1723). A perennial favorite, Bach’s Magnificat is paired with the rarely performed cantata, BWV 63. Bach brings to life the humble mystery and joy of the season, juxtaposing music both virtuosically dazzling and inwardly poignant. This performance will be presented both live in-person and livestreamed. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Visit for information about ticketing and COVID-19 policies for the 2021-2022 season. Email any questions to [email protected]


About Christmas in Leipzig

“In thinking about programming for our December concert, Bach’s Magnificat was a clear choice,” says Emmanuel Music’s Artistic Director, Ryan Turner. “Bach paired this first major liturgical composition in a Latin text with his cantata BWV 63 for his first Christmas as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. It seemed like a fittingly celebratory program as we begin to emerge from the pandemic.” 


“I am delighted for Emmanuel Music to present this program in December,” says Emmanuel Music’s Executive Director, Jaclyn Dentino. “Many of us have not had a chance to celebrate the holiday season with loved ones since 2019, and I know that I personally felt deeply the absence of such celebrations last year. To have the opportunity to gather at Emmanuel Church and hear such beautiful, triumphant music marks a meaningful moment in my first season at Emmanuel Music.”


The Orchestra of Emmanuel Music


Violin I Flute

Heidi Braun-Hill, leader Vanessa Holroyd

Heather Braun-Bakken Jacqueline Devoe

Rose Drucker

Lilit Hartunian


Violin II Oboe

Danielle Maddon Peggy Pearson

Lena Wong Jennifer Slowik

Dianne Pettipaw Catherine Weinfield-Zell 


Viola Basson

Mark Berger Jensen Ling

Joan Ellersick


Cello Trumpet

Sarah Freiberg Kenneth Piatt

Colleen McGary-Smith Andrew Kozar Mary-Lynne Bohn

Paul Perfetti

Bass Timpani

Nathan Varga Robert Schulz



Michael Beattie


The Chorus of Emmanuel Music 


Soprano Tenor

Corrine Byrne Matthew Anderson

Carley DeFranco Charles Blandy

Samantha Dotterweich Jonas Budris

Janet Ross Frank Kelley

Kristen Watson


Alto Bass

Elizabeth Eschen Andrew Padgett

Margaret Lias Will Prapestis

Rebecca Printz David Tinervia

Krista River Dana Whiteside


About “Pay What You Wish” 

Emmanuel Music is thrilled to move to a pay-what-you-wish ticketing structure, beginning with our 2021-2022 season. This change has been very intentionally put into place to ensure that anyone who wants to attend our mainstage performances are able to do so, as part of our board-approved strategic plan that guides us towards more inclusive policies and procedures across all facets of our organization.


Music should be able to be enjoyed by all, and Emmanuel Music is committed to being accessible to anyone who wishes to engage with us. We therefore ask that anyone attending our concerts pay what fits your level of comfort for both in person and live-streamed performances.



Through its performing, teaching, mentoring, and scholarly activities, Emmanuel Music occupies a unique niche: a living laboratory for the music of J. S. Bach. Emmanuel Music finds new and creative ways for audiences and musicians to engage with the artistic, spiritual, and humanistic aspects of the music of J. S. Bach, the cornerstone of our musical output for our first fifty years.


We seek to make Bach’s music deeply relevant to our current lives, including highlighting the connections between Bach and artists that he influenced, especially creative voices that have been marginalized in our society.


Building on the symbiotic partnership between an arts nonprofit and an intellectually curious and open-minded religious community, Emmanuel Music further embraces Bach’s sacred music, especially his cantatas, as opportunities to explore the transcendent aspects of our shared human experience.


By embracing a new mission and strategic plan in March 2021, Emmanuel Music asserts its role as an essential musical, humanistic, intellectual force for participatory engagement in its local community, and around the world through its online programming.


Artistic Bios


All musicians’ bios are available at


For Media Inquiries:


Jaclyn Dentino | Executive Director, Emmanuel Music | [email protected] 

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