A Unique Musical and Educational Event: JS Bach's motet "Jesu, meine Freude," with Introduction in English and Spanish.

About the Project

Sunday, 20 October 2019 3:00 pm at Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902. Admission is free. 

Help us reach our goal with a small contribution! In this campaign for every dollar you donate the Montgomery County Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will provide a 100% match. Your small gift will go a lot further during this campaign!

  • Your gift of $10 will become $20, which can offset part of the cost of sheet music for this performance!
  • A gift of $20 will become $40, which can help pay artist fees for this project!
  • A gift of $30 will become $60, which can assist us with advertising for this concert!
Your generosity will go a LOT further, thanks to the Power2Give gift match program sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County! Please help us provide the community with the high-quality artistic programming people in our region have come to know and love from ChorSymphonica. 

A "Conversation Concert" is a unique event, where soloists, chorus and orchestra are employed to illustrate points of a pre-performance lecture.  In twenty minutes, we explore the musical and historical context of the programmed work, in order to make the composer’s efforts more accessible to our modern ears, and more relevant to our contemporary way of life. Following the introduction, we perform the entire work, uninterrupted.
For our annual Wheaton Conversation Concert programs we present our introductory lectures in English and Spanish. The spectacular piece to be introduced and performed: Bach's great motet for 5-part choir and orchestra, "Jesu, meine Freude," BWV 227. Conceived as a training piece for his Leipzig boy choir, Die Thomaner, this motet contains some of the most sublime music ever written for chorus.

"ChorSymphonica, is the real deal and a jewel in the DC Metro area. The Conversation Concerts are just really cool and uplifting. I always feel grounded and happy when I attended, because it’s Bach to my roots and I can get a Handel on the things that are important."
                                                                                        -  Cate F.-N., Silver Spring
Joining us is Dr. Diana Sáez, Director of Choral Activities at Towson University. Well-known to Montgomery County audiences through her twenty-five year tenure as Conductor and Artistic Director of the outstanding Latin-American choral group Cantigas, she now is passing on her experience and expertise in the choral music field to the next generation of conductors and musicians as a faculty member at Towson University. Dr. Sáez will translate the introduction into Spanish for our audience.

Leading the effort to introduce this great piece of choral music to our audience is ChorSymphonica's Artistic Director and Conductor Richard Allen Roe. This is a musical and educational event not to be missed!  For more information visit
https://chorsymphonica.org/wheaton-conversation-concert/ or call (240) 888-1035.

Help us continue to produce these important, high-quality, free concerts in our community!

Hurry! The match from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County is only available while matching funds last. Donate today, to ensure your gift receives a match and ChorSymphonica receives the benefit!


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $2,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $10 or more

    We'll send you a free sound clip of a recent performance!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $20 or more

    In addition to the above benefit, we'll include your name in our program, and on the donor wall of our website.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    In addition to the above benefits, for a $50 donation we'll send you your choice of one of our "Conversation Concert" archival recordings from the past 5 years of concerts. Selections include Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Coronation Mass (with bonus music of Exsultate, jubilate, and an "Epistle" sonata), and Bach's Cantata #4, "Christ lag in Todesbanden," and more.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    In addition to the earlier benefits, for a $100 donation we'll arrange for a luncheon on us with Artistic Director and Conductor Richard Allen Roe.
    Amount over $50 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $228 or more

    In addition to the above benefits, we can offer donors who join our 19/19/19 annual campaign a copy of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's book, Music In the Castle of Heaven, a kind of reflective memoir from one of the most internationally renowned and respected Bach artists, and President of the Neue Bachgesellschaft. What was it like, growing up with one of the two original portraits of Johann Sebastian Bach in your home? This engaging volume can be yours, along with all the other benefits listed above, when you join our 19/19/19 Campaign with a $228 donation. Plus, you will get the satisfaction of knowing your gift, matched by Montgomery County, will help offset the cost of producing engaging and unique choral concerts of superb quality, right here in our community.

    19 people who give $19 per month each month during 2019. That's our 19/19/19 Contributors!
    Amount over $30 is tax-deductible
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