race Lutheran Church is pleased to announce its 46th season of Bach Cantata Vespers. For the 2016-2017 season, each service will be held in the Grace Lutheran Church sanctuary at 4 p.m. with the prelude beginning at 3:45 p.m. and a lecture beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Read more about our 46th season below and join us as we worship.


September 25, 2016
BWV 137
Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren
Praise to the Lord, the mighty king of honor

Peter W. Marty, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, homilist
Haydn: Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat Major, Hob VIIE:1
Barbara Butler, Rice University, Houston, trumpeter


A reception follows the service.


October 30
BWV 180
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
Deck thyself, O dear soul

Katie Hines-Shah, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale, Ill., homilist
Richard Hoskins, St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, organist

A bullletin will be posted a few days prior to the service.

November 20
BWV 71
Gott ist mein König
God is my king

David R. Lyle, Grace Lutheran Church & School, River Forest, Ill., homilist
Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord in D Major, BWV 1054
Michael D. Costello, harpsichordist

A bullletin will be posted a few days prior to the service.

January 29
BWV 14
Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit
Were God not with us at this time

David J. Lose, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, homilist
Timothy Spelbring, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mount Prospect, Ill., organist
Kapelle, Concordia University Chicago, guest choir; Charles P. Brown, director

A bullletin will be posted a few days prior to the service.

February 19
BWV 127
Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott
Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God

Jan Rippentrop, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, homilist
Telemann: Concerto for Recorder in C Major, TWV 51:C1
Lisette Kielson, Bloomington, Ill., recordist

A bullletin will be posted a few days prior to the service.

March 19
BWV 165
O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad
O sacred bath of water and the Holy Spirit

Elizabeth A. Eaton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, homilist
Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago, organist

A bullletin will be posted a few days prior to the service.

April 8, 7 p.m.
April 9, 4 p.m.
BWV 245
Johannes-Passion
St. John Passion

Admission is free; free-will offering will be received

Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra with Chicago Choral Artists

Michael D. Costello, director
Hoss Brock, tenor (Evangelist)
Keven Keys, baritone (Jesus)
Susan Nelson, soprano
Karen Brunssen, mezzo-soprano
Patrick Muehleise, tenor
Douglas Anderson, baritone

A bullletin will be posted a few days prior to the service.

May 21
BWV 11
Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen
Praise God in his kingdoms (Ascension Oratorio)

Ben Cieslik, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, homilist
Florence Jowers, Christ Lutheran Church, Staunton, Va., organist

A bullletin will be posted a few days prior to the service.




Invite others to our Cantata series. Call, email or write us here at Grace and we'll mail a season poster and brochure to you to display at your workplace, church or school.

You may also download the poster and brochure for the coming season here.


Brochure available soon!


LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON PREVIOUS CANTATAS?
> Archive of our 2015-2016 Season
> Archive of our 2014-2015 Season
> Archive of our 2013-2014 Season
> Archive of our 2012-2013 Season
> Archive of our 2011-2012 Season
> Archive of our 2010-2011 Season
> Archive of our 2009-2010 Season