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O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20

O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Group: Bach Vespers, Church

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After the Trinity Sunday performance of BWV 149 (October’s large-scale cantata, which his choir had learned the previous fall), Bach presented another big work on the First Sunday after Trinity in 1724. This stirring cantata, the first in Bach’s cycle of cantatas based on chorales, raises all kinds of questions about eternity. John Eliot Gardiner, in his program notes on this cantata, writes that “Bach is fired up as never before.” As the liturgical year draws to a close and we turn toward the season of Advent, we hear a cantata that dramatically depicts the Final Judgment. 

Prelude: Thomas Schmidt, Chicago
Motet: O. Lassus, Timor et tremor
Homilist: Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra
Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello, conducting

Amy Anderson de Jong, mezzo-soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Cantata Preview Lecture: Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College,  Palos Heights, Illinois

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