September 26

Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29
We thank you, God, we thank you

Wir danken dir is one of Bach’s Ratswechsel (change of council) cantatas, composed for the annual August inauguration of the new town council, celebrated with a festival service in Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche. It was an opportunity for Bach to display his musical virtuosity to visiting dignitaries as well as his own employers.  The cantata begins with a magnificent sinfonia for organ and orchestra, followed by a glorious opening chorus, later recast as the Dona nobis pacem of the Mass in B Minor. With thanksgiving for the blessings of the past and reliance on God for protection in the future, BWV 29 opens the 51st season of Bach Cantata Vespers with joyful praise and prayer.

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

3:45 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Thomas Schmidt, Chicago, Illinois, guest organist

Paul D. Weber: Psalm 150

Rebekah Weant Costello, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Schaumburg, Illinois, homilist

Maura Janton Cock, soprano
Karen Brunssen, mezzo soprano
Ace Gangoso, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

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

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