October 31

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80
A mighty fortress is our God

Christians of nearly every denomination sing Luther’s chorale as a hymn of strength and assurance that God’s promises are true and remain forever. This cantata for the festival of the Reformation was first performed in 1739.  Bach reworked material from his Weimar years (1708-17) in order to use all four stanzas of the chorale: in counterpoint in the opening chorus, and then in an aria, a concertante setting for chorus and orchestra, and a concluding four-part chorale. Bach’s son Wilhelm Friedemann added parts for trumpets and timpani in the version most often performed today.

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

3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Barbara Harbach: Suite Luther
Attend in person at Grace or watch online.
Bulletin for the service.

Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich

James L. Brooks, Harmony Community Church, Lawndale, Chicago, homilist

Susan Nelson, soprano
Amanda Koopman, mezzo soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

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

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