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Vox Luminis
The Bach Dynasty

Friday, October 18, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Vocal Ensemble Series

Duke Chapel

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Vox Luminis conveys its passion for early music at every performance; this devotion has propelled the ensemble out of its native Belgium, where it formed in 2004, to critical acclaim and to an international career singing music from the 16th to 18th centuries. A surprise win of Gramophone’s Recording of the Year in 2012 helped secure its reputation for intelligent mastery of early music.

In its sophomore appearance at Duke Performances, Vox Luminis brings a program entirely by the Bach family. J.S. Bach was proud of his ancestry, and his genealogical research remains our most accurate information about the Bach family even today. Vox Luminis sets the style of the older Bachs in relief, allowing the particularities of J.S. Bach’s cousins and nephew to shine new light onto how each of them approached the German choral tradition, entwining Lutheran chorales with new music.


Johann Bach: Unser Leben ist ein Schatten
Johann Bach: Sei nun wieder zufrieden

Johann Michael Bach: Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil
Johann Michael Bach:
Sei, lieber Tag, willkommen
Johann Michael Bach: Nun treten wir ins neue Jahr
Johann Michael Bach: Halt, was du hast

Johann Christoph Bach: Der Mensch, vom Weibe geboren
Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf

Johann Ludwig Bach: Das Blut Jesu Christi
Johann Ludwig Bach: Das ist meine Freude

Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, meine Freude

Vox Luminis 'Bach 'Actus Tragicus''

“A powerful sound far greater than their small numbers would suggest was possible.”

The Argus