Grace Lutheran Church and School


Sehet! Wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV 159

Sehet! Wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV 159

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Group: Bach Vespers, Church

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Bach composed this cantata for Quinquagesima, the last Sunday before Lent, and it was first performed in Leipzig on February 27, 1729. Most of the music for Quinquagesima alludes to the Passion story, in no small part because cantatas were not sung during the penitential season of Lent. The next time Leipzig churchgoers would hear orchestrated choral music in 1729 would be April 15, Good Friday, at a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Children of Grace Lutheran School join us to sing the final chorale of this cantata.

Prelude: Steven Wente, Concordia University  Chicago, organist
Motet: G. P. Palestrina, Confitemini Domino 
Homilist: David R. Lyle, Grace Lutheran Church and School, River Forest, Illinois

Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra
5–8 Grade Choir of Grace Lutheran School
Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello, conducting

Amanda Koopman, mezzo-soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Cantata Preview Lecture: Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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