Grace Lutheran Church and School


Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6

Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Group: Bach Vespers, Church

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The first 40 cantatas in Bach’s second cycle of cantatas, 1724–25, were based almost exclusively on chorales. On  Easter Sunday, 1725, he presented Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), his chorale cantata from 1707, and then broke with the chorale pattern by composing Bleib bei uns for Easter Monday, April 2, 1725. The cantata begins with a quote from Luke’s account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus but moves away from the gospel narrative to use other texts by Philipp Melanchthon, Nikolaus Selnecker, and Martin Luther.
3:00 p.m. Cantata Preview Lecture
Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at  Chicago

3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago,   guest organist
di Lasso: Surrexit Pastor Bonus
Frank C. Senn, Evanston, Illinois, homilist
Amanda Koopman, mezzo soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone
Bach Cantata Vespers Orchestra
Kapelle, Concordia University Chicago, guest choir
Charles P. Brown, guest conductor

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