May 18

Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein, BWV 128
On Christ’s Ascension into heaven alone

Jesus’ Ascension into heaven forty days after Easter is an integral part of the Easter story and an important festival on the church’s calendar. Bach’s 1725 cantata for the day is a festive one, opening with a chorale fantasia scored for choir, horns, oboes, strings, and continuo. The choir and orchestra will also perform a new work based on a sermon by John Donne from 1628 called A Future Waking, by Paul D. Weber, written in memory of beloved professor, pastor, and church musician Mark P. Bangert.

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

3:45 p.m. Organ Prelude
Florence Jowers, Staunton, Virginia, organist

4:00 p.m. Bach Cantata Vespers
Paul D. Weber, Staunton, Virginia, homilist

Also in the service:
Paul D. Weber: A Future Waking

Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra
Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello, conducting
Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano
Ace Gangoso, tenor
David Govertsen, bass-baritone
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