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Little town, big music

Concert takes trip to one-time German hot spot

Weissenfels isn’t the first place most people think of when considering the career of J.S. Bach. When it comes to this music master, people drop their pins on Weimar and Leipzig.

But Bach indeed lived in Weissenfels, as did composers Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Philipp Krieger.

The Denton Bach Players pay tribute to the humble burgh on Friday night in a concert titled “A Visit to Weissenfels.” The ensemble — the core group of instrumental specialists who accompany the Denton Bach Choir — plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 703 N. Elm St. The performance includes work by Bach, Telemann and Krieger, and celebrates a town that once boasted a formidable musical establishment.

The Bach Players perform baroque music on historical instruments. Jennifer Carpenter performs on recorder, Leah Greenfield on violin, Andrew Justice on violin and viola, Elizabeth Trower on viola, Lenora McCroskey on organ, Rachel Richardson on violoncello, Andreas Stoltzfus on trumpet and Janelle West on flute. Soprano Heidi Dietrich Klein will sing.

The ensemble will perform both instrumental and vocal works by the composers, including Bach’s Cantata No. 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. The performance falls just before the 15th Sunday after Trinity, which happens the be the day for which Bach wrote the cantata.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors.

— Lucinda Breeding