Since 1971 Grace Lutheran Church's Bach Cantata Vespers services have presented the cantatas of J. S. Bach within the context of congregational worship, the setting in which they were originally performed. Other music in the service, the hymn-singing, and preaching are tied into the themes of the cantata. Cantatas are presented one Sunday afternoon each month, from September to May.
Learn more about the series at bachvespers.org.
Read about the upcoming cantata.
Bach Cantatas 2016-17
The instrumental prelude to the service begins at 3:45pm.
The cantata preview lecture starts at 3pm in the Seminar Room on Grace's lower-level.
Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren
Praise to the Lord, the mighty king of honor (BWV 137)
Peter W. Marty, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, homilist
Haydn: Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat Major, Hob VIIE:1
Barbara Butler, Rice University, Houston, trumpeter
A reception follows the service.
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
Deck thyself, O dear soul (BWV 180)
Katie Hines-Shah, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale, Illinois, homilist
Richard Hoskins, St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, organist
Gott ist mein König
God is my king (BWV 71)
David R. Lyle, Grace Lutheran Church and School, River Forest, Illinois, homilist
Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord in D Major, BWV 1054
Michael D. Costello, harpsichordist
Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit
Were God not with us at this time, BWV 14
David J. Lose, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, homilist
Timothy Spelbring, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois, organist
Kapelle, Concordia University Chicago, guest choir; Charles P. Brown, director
Herr Jesus Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott
Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God, BWV 127
Jan Rippentrop, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, homilist
Telemann: Concerto for Recorder in C Major, TWV 51:C1
Lisette Kielson, Bloomington, Illinois, recordist
O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad
O sacred bath of water and the Holy Spirit
, BWV 165
Elizabeth A. Eaton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, homilist
Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago, organist
April 8, 7 p.m., and April 9, 4 p.m.
St. John Passion, BWV 245
Admission is free; free-will offering will be received.
Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra with Chicago Choral Artists
Michael D. Costello, director
Hoss Brock, tenor (Evangelist)
Keven Keys, baritone (Jesus)
Susan Nelson, soprano
Karen Brunssen, mezzo-soprano
Patrick Muehleise, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone
Lobet Gott in seine Reichen
Praise God in his kingdoms (Ascension Oratorio)
, BWV 11
Ben Dieslik, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, homilist
Florence Jowers, Christ Lutheran Church, Staunton, Virginia, organist