This morning I met my friends, Virginia and Inge, at their church to drive to the Bach Cantata at the Blanton Museum of Art. A wonderful surprise awaited me. They presented me with a beautiful corsage. After the concert I learned that there was more to the surprise! They bought my lunch at the Blanton Cafe and presented me with a birthday cake!
As usual, the concert by the Butler School of Music was great. It was "Oster-Oratorium, BWV 243 (Easter Oratorio), originally composed as a secular birthday cantata in February 1725 for Christian, Duke of Sachs-Weissenfels. It was first performed as an Easter cantata on April 1, 1725, with the original festal scoring.
The featured painting today was "Three Maries at the Tomb" (c. 1575) by Jacopo Chimenti, called Jacopo da Empoli. The docent who led the tour was excellent. She obviously loves art and is very knowledgeable. She began the tour with paintings from the early 1400s and moved through works from the late 1500s and early 1600s. She compared the media, techniques and conventions used during those periods.
This is the last of this series of concerts. A new series will begin in September. I'm looking forward to attending them.