Bach Collegium San Diego’s 2021–22 Season Begins With “1707: A SONIC YOUTH” On October 30, 2021

Bach Collegium San Diego returns to live, in-person performance for its 19th season, beginning with “1707: A Sonic Youth” featuring works by Handel and Bach, on October 30, 2021.

“In their own distinct way, these two works best describe what we’re calling our 2021–22 season, ‘Total Sound Explosion!’,” says Artistic Director Ruben Valenzuela. “Both are dramatic works, filled with the fervor and unbridled energy of youth. They’re the perfect way to start the season, and we can’t wait for our audience to discover them with us.”

BCSD will also be embarking on a commercial recording project of the two season-opening works under the recording direction of Grammy-winning conductor and record producer, Peter Rutenberg.

October 30, 2021
All Souls’ Episcopal Church
1475 Catalina Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107
One set Rome on musical fire, while the other deepened his musical roots at home in Thuringia. Each would forge their own path and leave a distinct musical mark.


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G.F. Händel
“Dixit Dominus,” a psalm setting by George Frideric Handel, uses the Latin text of Psalm 110 (Vulgate 109), which begins with the words “Dixit Dominus” (“The Lord Said”). Handel’s earliest surviving autograph, it was completed in April 1707 while he was living in Italy.

J.S. Bach
“Christ lag in Todes Banden,” “Christ lay in death’s bonds,” is a cantata for Easter, one of Bach’s earliest church cantatas, probably written for a performance in 1707. The chorale cantata is based on Martin Luther’s hymn of the same name, the main hymn for Easter in the Lutheran church.

2021–22 Season

The season continues with a holiday program, “CHARPENTIER: JOYEUX NOËL,” on December 18–19, 2021; the World Premiere of the complete Messiah oratorio translated into Spanish as commissioned by BCSD, “EL MESÍAS: MESSIAH FOR A NEW WORLD,” on March 18–20, 2022; and “APOTHEOSIS OF THE DANCE,” May 13–14, 2022. In addition, BCSD’s popular free noontime concert series, BACH AT NOON, returns to All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma on November 17, 2021, and  January 19, February 23, and April 13, 2022.

All concerts will be in person. A virtual broadcast option will be available for select programs. BCSD will comply with all CDC guidelines for COVID safety protocols. For details, please click here.

Subscriptions and tickets

SEASON Tickets (Include access to virtual broadcast recordings)
– Premium: $250
– General: $160
– Premium: $55
– General: $40
– Senior: $32
– Student: $15
– Season (4 concerts): $80
– Individual concert: $25

For more details please visit the website here.

About Bach Collegium San Diego

Bach Collegium San Diego engages audiences with accessible, historically informed performances and educational programs featuring repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical eras. The ensemble was founded in 2003 by Music Director Ruben Valenzuela to diversify the musical offerings of the San Diego community. Bach Collegium San Diego has presented a wide variety of historically significant works, including many San Diego and Southern California premieres. Works are performed using the instruments, instrumentation, and techniques of the period in which they were written. Bach Collegium San Diego engages this country’s finest musicians working in the field of early music, bringing world-class historically informed performance to the greater San Diego area through main stage concerts and admission-free lunchtime performances. Through its excellent programming and exemplary performances, Bach Collegium San Diego is considered one of the premier early music ensembles on the West Coast and is quickly becoming one of this country’s foremost ensembles for early music. Bach Collegium San Diego Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization.

Bach Collegium San Diego is Ensemble-in-Residence at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma.
1475 Catalina Blvd.
San Diego CA 92107 USA

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