February 26

Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 26
Ah how fleeting, ah how futile

The cantata for February was composed in 1724 as part of Bach’s second cycle of cantatas, the chorale cantatas. Written for the 24th Sunday after Trinity, near the end of the church year, it is based on a long 17th-century hymn by Michael Franck about the transitory nature of life and how God alone endures forever. With a chorus, four soloists, and an orchestra comprised of horn, flute, three oboes, strings, and continuo, the fleeting things of this world are depicted in lively and colorful music. The motet for the service, by Dieterich Buxtehude, is a charming setting of the well-known chorale “Jesu, meine Freude” (Jesus, priceless treasure). The prelude features oboist Rebecca Schalk Nagel performing works by Samuel Barber and Wayne Barlow.

3:00 p.m. Cantata Preview Lecture (in-person only)
Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers (in-person and online)
Samuel Barber: Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings
Wayne Barlow: The Winter’s Passed
Rebecca Schalk Nagel, oboist

Dieterich Buxtehude: Jesu, meine Freude, BuxWV 60

David R. Lyle, Grace Lutheran Church and School,
River Forest, Illinois, homilist

Maura Janton Cock, soprano
Amanda Koopman, mezzo soprano
Ace Gangoso, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

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

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