St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts vocal ensemble Tenet

The vocal ensemble Tenet will be joined by seven instrumentalists in a program featuring Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostria, a cycle of seven cantatas for Lent on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m., at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greenwich.

TENET is one of New York’s preeminent vocal ensembles and has won acclaim for innovative programming and virtuosic singing by distinguished soloists who shine in one-voice-to-a-part singing.

Featuring five singers and seven instrumentalists in a Lenten program of seven cantatas, composed in 1680 by German Baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude.

Each cantata will begin with an instrumental Sonata followed by the singers detailing various parts of Christ’s body. (The feet, the knees, the hands, the sides, the breast, the heart and the face.)

The full Latin title Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima translates to “The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus”. This work is known as the first Lutheran oratorio. The main text are stanzas from the Medieval hymn Salve mundi and is divided into seven parts, each addressed to a different part of Christ’s crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart, and head. In each part, biblical words referring to the limbs frame verses of the poem.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $40. on the day of the performance or by calling 661-5526 ext 21 for advance reservations;


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