Bach Cantata Vespers 2020-21 Season

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Bach Cantata Vespers 2020-21 Season

The instrumental prelude to the service begins at 3:45 p.m.
The cantata preview lecture starts at 3:00 p.m.

Programming subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 27
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51

Exult in God in every land
Livestream on YouTube
Bulletin for the service

Susan Nelson, soprano
Greg Fudala, trumpet
Organ Prelude: Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello
Homilist: F. Dean Lueking, Grace Lutheran Church 

Preview Lecture: Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights
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November 1

Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
God's time is the very best time
Kristin Hedegaard, soprano
Sarah Ponder, mezzo soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Motet: J. C. Bach's Fürchte dich nicht
Homilist: L. George Detweiler, Norristown, Pennsylvania
Preview Lecture: Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


November 22

Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!, BWV 70
Watch! Pray! Pray! Watch
Susan Nelson, soprano
Amanda Koopman, mezzo soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Prelude: Vivaldi's Concerto for Cello in A Minor, RV 418 and Hillert's Prelude to Evening Prayer
Motet: Brahms's O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf
Homilist: Phyllis N. Kersten, Grace Lutheran Church and School, River Forest, Illinois
Preview Lecture: Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


January 31

Ich habe genug, BWV 82
I have enough
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Prelude: Kontras Quartet (Grace string quartet-in-residence)
Motet: Paul D. Weber's Now Lord, You Let Your Servant (Nunc Dimittis)
Homilist: Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello
Preview Lecture: Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois


February 28

Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32
Dearest Jesus, my desire
Maura Janton Cock, soprano
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Organ Prelude: Catherine R. Rodland, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
Motet: Paul Bouman's How I Love Your Temple, Lord Almighty
Homilist: Yehiel Curry, ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod
Preview Lecture: Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois


March 28
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180
Deck thyself, O dear soul
Maura Janton Cock, soprano
Karen Brunssen, mezzo soprano
Hoss Brock, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Prelude: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049
Motet: Michael D. Costello's On This Mountain
Homilist: E. Louise Williams, Valparaiso, Indiana
Preview Lecture: Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


April 25
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6
Stay with us, for evening falls
Guest Choir: Concordia University Chicago's Kapelle; Charles P. Brown, conductor
Amanda Koopman, mezzo soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Organ Prelude: Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago
Motet: Orlando di Lasso's Surrexit Pastor Bonus
Homilist: Frank C. Senn, Evanston, Illinois
Preview Lecture: Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


May 23
O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34
O eternal fire, O source of love
Sarah Ponder, mezzo soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Prelude: Mozart's Sonata in F Major, KV 244 and Händel's Organ Concerto in B-flat Major, Op. 4, No. 2
Motet: Paul Bouman's Peace I Leave with You
Homilist: David R. Lyle, Grace Lutheran Church and School, River Forest, Illinois
Preview Lecture: Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights

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