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The bulk of the concert was devoted to two secular wedding cantatas by J.S. Bach, which were given scintillating readings by soprano Meghan Lindsay. She and her colleagues opened the evening with Be gone, gloomy shadows, BWV 202, which Bach composed for a wedding party sometime between 1708 and 1717 while in service of the court at Weimar. Typically, a cantata would be performed in church, but this lighthearted work was probably not meant for liturgical use. O wondrous and long awaited day, BWV 210 is also a secular wedding cantata. In this case, it was composed sometime around 1740 for a groom who must have been a serious patron of music. The ten-movement work brims with virtuosity for both singer and instrumentalists and despite its seemingly inconsequential nature—it’s largely an ode to a wealthy couple on their wedding day—is representative of the kind of musical invention that makes Bach’s music so delicious and universally appealing. Again, Ms. Lindsay shined with her brilliantly sparkling instrument and effortless phrasing as did her colleagues, oboist Catherine Montoya and violinist Yung-Hsiang Wang.