March 27

Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178
Where the Lord God does not abide with us

This dramatic chorale cantata was written for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity, July 30, 1724, part of the second annual cycle of Bach’s cantatas. The Bach Vespers performance of the cantata in May 2020 was presented in a virtual format, with vocal soloists and orchestra members recording their parts individually at home. We bring it to life in 2022 as we had intended it two years ago, with choir and orchestra in a live service. Members of Grace’s Choir will travel to Leipzig this summer to perform this cantata on Sunday, June 12, as part of a worship service during the Leipzig Bachfest.

3:00 p.m. Cantata Preview Lecture
Mark P. Bangert, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 violins in B minor, RV 580
Hillert: Prelude to Evening Prayer

Schütz: Ich hasse die Flattergeister
(from Der Schwanengesang), SWV 489

Myron F. McCoy, First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, homilist

Sarah Ponder, mezzo soprano
Klaus Georg, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

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

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