February 27

Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn, BWV 23
You true God and David’s son

Bach’s 1723 audition for the position of Thomaskantor in Leipzig included a performance of Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn, composed a few years earlier while he served as Kapellmeister at the court of Cöthen. His superb artistry is on display here in an expressive opening duet, a graceful four-part chorus, and the closing setting of the chorale “O Christ, Thou Lamb of God.” He got the job, and performed the cantata again a year later on the same Sunday of the church year, Quinquagesima, the last Sunday before Lent.

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

3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066

Paul Bouman: Kyrie, God Father

Peter A. Pettit, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, homilist

Maura Janton Cock, soprano
Thomas Aláan, countertenor
Matthew Dean, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra
Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello, conducting

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