April 27

Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42
On the evening of the same Sabbath

Bach’s project of writing weekly cantatas based on chorales began on Trinity Sunday in 1724 and ended on Palm Sunday in 1725 — not quite a full year. Instead of a chorale-based chorus, this cantata, composed for the First Sunday after Easter in 1725, opens with a cheery sinfonia. A recitative follows, quoting from the day’s Gospel about Jesus bringing peace and comfort as he appears to his disciples gathered in a locked room on Easter evening.

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

3:45 p.m. Orchestral Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048
Hennig Kraggerud: Victimae paschali

4:00 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Ian A. McFarland, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia, homilist

Also in the service:
William Byrd: Haec dies

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

Maura Janton Cock, soprano
Amanda Koopman, mezzo-soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor
Peter Wesoloski, baritone
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