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James MoeserThis program is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, contact Jill Conrad (


Carolina Performing Arts and the Friday Center for Continuing Education present

Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser
in two lectures on

The Genius of Bach

March 6 and 7, 2012

in anticipation of performances conducted by Ton Koopman with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir of the Mass in B-minor, BWV 232 (March 13), and the Magnificat, BWV 243, and Cantatas 104 and 147 (March 14).

James Moeser’s early career was devoted to music.  He established an international reputation as a concert organist and teacher, specializing in the organ music of J.S. Bach.  He was also a noted student of the theological symbolism in Bach’s sacred music. 

In the first lecture on March 6, Moeser will explore the musical architecture of the B-minor Mass, one of the great monuments of Western civilization.  Why did Bach, a committed Lutheran, write a setting of the Roman Catholic Mass?  What are the hidden theological symbols in this great work? How was it meant to be performed?

In the second lecture, March 7, he will focus on the Magnificat in D Major, another great work in Latin, as well as two cantatas, “Du Hirte Israel, höre,” BWV 104, and “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” BWV 147.  How were the cantatas integrated into the Sunday service of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig?  How did Bach develop a musical language that helped express the daily lessons of the lectionary and the liturgical year? 

orchestraIn both lectures, Moeser will focus on Ton Koopman, the conductor and founder of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, one of the most distinguished early music groups in Europe.  What special insights has the recent scholarship about period instruments and baroque performance practice had on the interpretation of these great works?   At both sessions, participants will have an opportunity to hear these works in recordings to prepare them for the incredible opportunity of a live performance in Memorial Hall. 

Lecture Times and Dates


$50 per person


This program is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, contact Jill Conrad (

Cancellation and Refunds

Full refunds will be given to registrants who cancel in writing by March 2. No refunds will be made after that date. Substitutions are welcome.


Lectures are held at the Friday Center, which is located approximately three miles east of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). The Center is a short distance from Interstate 40 (from Raleigh, I-40 exit 273A; from Greensboro, I-40 exit 273). See Directions to the Friday Center.

Performances will be at UNC’s Memorial Hall.


For registration information, contact:

Jill Conrad (, Program Facilitator
Professional Development and Enrichment Programs
The Friday Center
800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643

For concert information visit Carolina Performing Arts or call the Memorial Hall Box Office at 919-843-3333.

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