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Originally published in Compass, July 12, 2012
Blue Hill Bach to perform in Vanderkay series

On Saturday, July 21, at 8 p.m., Blue Hill Bach will perform as part of the Vanderkay Summer Music Series at Blue Hill’s First Congregational Church. The concert, “A Bach Vespers,” will feature J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme; the motet, Komm, Jesu, komm; the Concerto in D minor for Oboe and Strings, BWV 1059a; a setting of Psalm 130, De Profundis Clamavi; and duets, arias, and other music that would have been heard at a sunset service during Bach’s time.

Led by conductor and keyboard player Jonathan Dimmock, performers include soprano Christa Pfeiffer, mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly, tenor Francis John Vogt, bass-baritone John David Adams, oboist Stephen Hammer and the Blue Hill Bach Orchestra and Chorale. Preceding the concert at 7 p.m., Dimmock will lecture on the musical and figurative aspects of the works on the evening’s concert.

Dimmock is known internationally as a recitalist, choral conductor, accompanist, and continuo player. He has held musical posts at Westminster Abbey in London, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis. He currently serves as organist to the San Francisco Symphony.

Blue Hill Bach was founded to bring baroque music for voice and period instruments to the Blue Hill Peninsula, according to a press release. Drawing upon the wealth of talent in the region and visiting artists who specialize in early music, Blue Hill Bach presents historically informed performances of some of the most beautiful and profound music ever written. Tickets will be available at the door, with students admitted free of charge. The Vanderkay Summer Music Series continues on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. with Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys, followed by guitarist David Leisner and tenor Will Ferguson on August 4. The series will conclude on August 18 with Blue Hill’s Gallagher Bros. & Co. (Ross & Phelan). Proceeds benefit the community outreach and music programs of the church. For information, phone (207) 374-2891 or go to

For more information about Blue Hill Bach, phone 590-2677 or e-mail