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      October 4, 2019

      Friday   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

      1111 O'Farrell Street
      San Francisco, California 94109

      Bach and Zelenka, California Bach Society

      We open our 49th season with works by our namesake, Johann Sebastian Bach, and his contemporary, Jan Dismas Zelenka. During Bach's time in Leipzig, Zelenka (16791745) worked at the court in Dresden, only 70 miles away. Bach (1685-1750) held Zelenka in great esteem. While Zelenka was better appreciated in Dresden in money as well as status than Bach was in Leipzig, it was the other way around in the centuries to follow. After Zelenka's death, the overprotective church and court locked away his manuscripts. Lack of heirs and the political circumstances in his native Czech Republic contributed further to his posthumous neglect. Most of Zelenka's 250 stellar compositions didn't receive worldwide attention until after the iron curtain was lifted in 1989. The exuberant Missa Divi Xaverii that opens our season received its modern-day premiere only in 2014. The work features festive trumpets and timpani, and forms the perfect combination with Bach's beloved Magnificat. 8 pm Friday October 4, 2019 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St at Franklin, San Francisco. Advance Sales are closed. Tickets will be available at the door. Other California Bach Society events

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