race Lutheran Church is pleased to announce its 40th anniversary season of Bach Cantata Vespers. Eight services are planned for the 2010-2011 season, each held in the Grace Lutheran Church sanctuary at 4 p.m. with the prelude beginning at 3:45 p.m. Other musical and educational opportunities have been added to the schedule for this anniversary year, including a performance of Bach's Magnificat in D at the Advent/Christmas Concert; a cantata on Sunday morning, December 26; and lectures by two Bach scholars, Robin Leaver and Mark Peters. Read more about our year below and join us as we worship.

September 26
9:45 a.m.
Dr. Leaver will offer an adult education session at 9:45 a.m. in Grace's Seminar Room on the broader topic of Bach's sacred cantatas in the context of the Sunday morning service. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The weekend concludes with Grace's first Bach Cantata Vespers of the season. (No registration required. Free and open to the public.)

September 26
Cantata 19: Es erhub sich ein Streit (There arose a great strife)
Homilist: Marcus J. Miller, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Organ Prelude: David Christiansen, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, Illinois

October 17
Cantata 129: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott (Praised be the Lord my God)
Performed in conjunction with Concordia University Chicago's Lectures in Church Music
Homilist: Michael D. Costello, Grace Lutheran Church & School
Guest Choir: Kapelle, Condordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois
Guest Conductor: Charles Brown, Concordia University Chicago
Organ Prelude: Steven Wente, Condordia University Chicago

November 21
Cantata 140: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Wake, awake, for night is flying)
Homilist: Steven C. Kuhl, Cardinal Stritch University
Prelude: G. P. Telemann, Concerto in B-flat for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Basso Continuo;
R. Hillert, Prelude to Evening Prayer

December 12
9:45 a.m.
Grace welcomes Bach scholar Mark Peters, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Dr. Peters will present "Theological Contexts for the Magnificat in Bach's Leipzig" as a preview for those who will attend Grace's annual Advent/Christmas concert. This session will take place at 9:45 a.m. in Grace's Seminar Room. (No registration required. Free and open to the public.)

December 12
BWV 243: Magnificat in D Major
Performed as part of Grace's Annual Advent/Christmas Concert

December 26
Cantata 40: Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes (For this the Son of God is manifest)
Performed as part of Grace’s Sunday Morning Eucharist at 10 a.m.

January 30
BWV 152: Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn (Step upon the path of faith)
Homilist: Timothy Larsen, Wheaton College
Soloists: Soprano Amy Conn and Baritone Douglas Anderson
Prelude: The Newberry Consort, directed by David Douglass

February 27
Cantata 126: Erhalt uns Herr, bei deinem Wort (Lord, keep us steadfast in your word)
Homilist: Bruce K. Modahl, Grace Lutheran Church & School
Organ Prelude: Michael D. Costello, Grace Lutheran Church & School

March 27
Cantata 182: Himmelskonig, sei willkommen (King of heaven, welcome)
Homilist: Scott E. Hoezee, Calvin Theological Seminary
Prelude: J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto #5, BWV 1050

April 17
Cantata 55: Ich armer Mensch, ich Sundenknecht (I, a poor man, I, a slave to sin)
Homilist: Suzanne Burke, Augsburg Fortress
Soloist: Tenor Christopher M. Cock, Valparaiso University
Organ Prelude: Lorraine Brugh, Valparaiso University

May 22
Cantata 11: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Praise God in his kingdoms - "Ascension Oratorio")
Homilist: David Heim, The Christian Century, Chicago, Illinois
Prelude: J.E. Altenburg, Concerto for 7 Trumpets and Timpani; S. Barber, Adagio for Strings

Join us on cantata Sundays in the Seminar Room at 9:45 a.m.
for an in-depth conversation on Bach, his music, and theology.

Invite others to our Cantata series. Call, email or write us here at Grace and we'll mail a season poster and brochure to you to display at your workplace, church or school.

You may also download the poster and brochure for the coming season here.

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