April 24

Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67
Hold in remembrance Jesus Christ

This cantata from Bach’s first Easter season in Leipzig (1724) proclaims Christ’s resurrection while dramatizing the struggles of the believer, who, like the disciple Thomas, still experiences doubt and fear. In the penultimate movement the bass soloist appears as the Vox Christi, the voice of Christ, with the reassuring words “Peace be to you.” Bach scholar Alfred Dürr calls this one of Bach’s “greatest and most original cantatas.”

3:00 p.m. Cantata Preview Lecture
Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights

3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago, guest organist

di Lasso: Surrexit Pastor Bonus

E. Jon Benson, Saint John Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa, homilist

Amy Anderson de Jong, 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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