The newly-formed Boston ensemble The Bach Project will perform in their debut concert this Sunday, November 26 at 4 p.m. at The Parish of All Saints in Ashmont. Directed by All Saints’ organist and choirmaster Andrew P. Sheranian, the group of professional vocalists and instrumentalists will play a selection of pieces by Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The ensemble will also be accompanied by the All Saints’ Boys Choir.
The concert is the brainchild and passion project of Sheranian, who is entering his eighth year as the All Saints’ organist and will play the church’s Fisk organ in several parts of the program.
“I’ve always wanted to bring the music of Bach to Dorchester,” said Sheranian. “All Saints Ashmont is the perfect venue for Bach because it features two spectacular pipe organs, and much of Bach’s beautiful music was meant to be played on the organ.”
Sheranian sees the event as a perfect opportunity to showcase the recently restored church.
“The church is such a beautiful space, and I hope this concert will draw the community in and show off the restorations that have been made.” The renovations, which included improving stone masonry and restoring century-old stained glass windows, were completed in 2015. But Sheranian says Sunday’s event will be the first to highlight the church’s new acoustic capabilities.
“As a result of the restoration, the acoustics were improved dramatically,” he says. “Everything, from the organ to the choir, sounds incredible.”
The Bach Project is comprised of some of Boston’s most accomplished musicians drawn from the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and Emmanuel Music, as well as other parishes in Boston. Sheranian described it as having the best of what Boston has to offer in a well-known, accessible Dot location.
“If you’re into classical music and you love Dorchester, you can come to Ashmont and hear the same quality music you’d hear in downtown Boston — without the traffic!”
Ashmont Hill Chamber Music has offered a chamber music series in All Saints’ Peabody Hall for decades, but this concert marks the first ever collaboration between AHCM and the All Saints music program, and the first baroque program to be performed in the church itself. The concert is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.ahchambermusic.org.