Church Life: Bach Cantatas




Bach's Mass in B Minor


Sunday, March 22, 4pm

Bach Cantata Vespers presents Bach's Mass in B Minor

BMinorSanSerifGraphTixLink[1].jpgGrace’s Bach Cantata Vespers in collaboration with Chicago Choral Artists will present a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass on Sunday, March 22, at 4pm. There is no admission fee for the concert but advance tickets are required.

Click here to read about seating procedures for the day of the concert.

There is currently a waiting list for tickets. Click here to add your name to the waiting list. Or consider attending the open dress rehearsal for the concert on Saturday, March 21, at 1:00 p.m.

Michael D. Costello, Grace’s Cantor and the Artistic Director of Chicago Choral Artists (CCA), will conduct the combined choirs of the Bach Cantata Vespers and CCA and the Bach Cantata Vespers orchestra. Soloists include Susan Nelson, Amanda Koopman, Karen Brunssen, Derek Chester, and Douglas Anderson.

Carl Grapentine, Morning Show host at WFMT radio, will offer a pre-concert lecture on the Mass in B Minor in the sanctuary beginning at 3pm. Doors open for first-come seating at 2pm. Those who arrive later than 3:00 will be asked to wait to claim their seats until the conclusion of the lecture at 3:40pm.

There will be a free-will offering and a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception at the intermission. Nursery care is available for children six and under.

Italian musicologist Alberto Basso described the mass:

The Mass in B minor is the consecration of a whole life: started in 1733 … it was finished in the very last years of Bach's life … This monumental work is a synthesis of every stylistic and technical contribution the Cantor of Leipzig made to music. But it is also the most astounding spiritual encounter between the worlds of Catholic glorification and the Lutheran cult of the cross.

The concert is presented on the fifth Sunday in Lent, as part of Grace Lutheran Church’s Bach Cantata Vespers series, which presents the cantatas of J. S. Bach in the context of worship services. From the opening Kyrie and Gloria, through the mysteries of the Credo, to the final Dona nobis pacem, the B Minor Mass offers spiritual nourishment and glorious music--Bach's ultimate achievement.

Soli deo gloria.