By Linda de Vries
On this date in 1969, the Swingle Singers won a Grammy award for Jazz Sebastian Bach.
This event provides our Bach Bagatelle for today: Bach Swings.
The Swingle Singers, founded by Ward Swingle in 1962, similar to PDQ Bach, is another contemporary take on Sebastian’s work. This group, still performing today, represents an important contribution to 20th century music.
Owing to a temporary indisposition, I will complete this post tomorrow. In the meantime, please take notes:
On March 26th at 7pm at the Whittier Public Library Whittwood branch, singers from Chorale Bel Canto and its Music Director Stephen Gothold will sing some of the Swingle’s arrangements. They will also sing and discuss segments of the upcoming Chorale concert on April 5th at 4pm in the Whittier College Memorial Chapel, where the group will sing Bach’s Cantata based on Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and his Ascension Oratorio.
This Chorale performance is part of the Whittier Bach Festival. Other concerts include: the Student Poet Musicale on April 4th at noon, The Horizon Music Group performing Bach’s Coffee and Peasant Cantata on April 4th at 8pm, and a Solo Harpsichord Recital by Raymond Erickson on April 6th at 8pm. All three of these events also take place in the chapel.