SFBC is taking over Standard Deviant Brewing for an evening of socializing and singing! Enjoy a cold brew and a taste of the Bach Choir. Artistic Director Magen Solomon will lead us through highlights of our 2017-2018 season. Standard Deviant will be brewing a special bock for the occasion.

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Event Schedule

6:00 – 7:00 Social hour
7:00 – 8:00 Group sing
8:00 – 9:00 More beer/social time!

Beer and food will be available for sale. The Powered by Pork food truck will be on site offering pork, chicken, and veggie options. Powered by Pork serves street food that combines Mexican and Vietnamese flavors and formats, playing on the surprising similarities found in both cuisines.

Repertoire for the evening

See the list below for excerpts that we will be singing. Click on the titles to download a PDF of the sheet music.

October – Luther’s Musical Tapestry
Easter Sunday Sequence
Plainchant: Victimae paschali laudes
Praetorius “Christ ist erstanden”
Hassler “Christ ist erstanden”
Praetorius “Christ lag in Todesbanden”
Bach “Christ lag in Todesbanden”

December – Candlelight and Starlight
Joseph Stephenson “Milford”
Grieg “Ave Maria”
Lassus “Jubilate Deo”
Felix Mendelssohn “There Shall a Star from Jacob”

May – Bach, St. John Passion
Chorale “Christus, der uns selig macht”
Final Chorus “Ruht wohl”, mm 1-48 only

Why Bach and Beer?

  • Bach was often paid in beer. According to Christoph Wolff’s biography Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, when Bach took a job in Weimar in 1708 his salary included “30 pails of tax-free beer.”
  • The connection between Bach and bock goes beyond the alliteration. Bock is a German beer that originated in northern Germany and would have been a popular brew during Bach’s lifetime.
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