Amor Artis to Play 30th New Year's Eve Bach Concert

Amor Artis Chorus and Orchestra, joined by violinist Owen Dalby, performs its 30th New Year's Eve concert and first under Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau with a selection of Bach's greatest works, including the Magnificat, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Lobet Den Herrn, and the Agnus Dei and Dona Nobis Pacem from the Mass in B Minor. "This is our debut together to herald the New Year," Maestro Brandau says. "So I thought it fitting to choose the Bach I love best and that we all know most." Brandau, 33, has tapped Dalby, 30, his frequent collaborator, for the Violin Concerto in E Major.

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Amor Artis is renowned as a pioneer of the early music revival in the U.S. It has premiered many important works for New York audiences and has issued more than 50 recordings, spanning works of five centuries. It has performed in more than 20 countries and has served as choir in residence for three Manhattan churches. Newly appointed Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau heads Princeton Pro Musica and Monmouth Civic Chorus and this season prepares the Westminster Symphonic Choir for the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. Owen Dalby has appeared as a soloist with many of the city's leading chamber ensembles. Praised as "dazzling" by The New York Times and "expert and versatile" by The New Yorker, he is a specialist in both early and new music, on both violin and viola.

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