500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Martin Luther reformed the faith, and Bach set it to music. Two cantatas composed for the Feast of the Reformation and one for the Feast of St. Michael exemplify Bach’s sacred writing. Three-hundred years later, in honor of the tercentennial of the Augsburg Confession, Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony was conceived to celebrate the richness of Protestantism.
On the Program
Cantata “Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte,” BWV 174 | Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantata “Es erhub sich ein Streit,” BWV 19 | J.S. Bach
Cantata “Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret,” BWV 31 | J.S. Bach
Cantata “Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn und Schild,” BWV 79 | J.S. Bach
Cantata “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen,” BWV 182 | J.S. Bach
Cantata “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott,” BWV 80 | J.S. Bach
Symphony No. 5 in D Major “The Reformation,” Op. 107 | Felix Mendelssohn
This program is sponsored by a generous gift from John W. and Linda Cone Allen.
John V.Sinclair | Artistic Director and Conductor
John V. Sinclair, conductor
Dr. John V. Sinclair is celebrating his 25th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He serves as Chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College. He also conducts the Moravian Music Festivals and has conducted for The Berkshire Choral Festival.
Dr. Sinclair earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. During the past twenty years, he has made over one thousand appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation, and numerous Bach Festival events.
A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins College, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship. For two consecutive years he was named “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida, and Florida International Magazine selected him as one of its “Power Players in the Arts.” In 2013, his Alma Mater, William Jewell College, honored him with a prestigious Citation for Achievement.