Bach at the Sem returns with two concerts – Spring 2012

Portrait of J.S. Bach by Haussmann (1748)

The Bach at the Sem concert series will return for two concerts in spring 2012. The series had been put on hold due to the passing of its beloved conductor and music director, Rev. Robert Bergt.

The first concert will be held on February 12, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. It will feature organist Dennis Bergin playing works by J.S. Bach and his own composition “The Last Enemy.” The American Kantorei will perform Bach’s Motet III, Jesu Meine Freude, and motets by Heinrich Schütz.

The second concert will be held on April 22, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. The American Kantorei will present three cantatas by J.S. Bach: Der Himmel lacht!, Die Erde jubilieret; and Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend warden. They will also perform Lobe den Herren den maechtigen Koenigen der Ehren.

Jeral Becker will serve as interim conductor and music director. Becker previously served as assistant conductor under Bergt.

Both concerts will be held in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Concordia Seminary campus. They are open to the public and free of charge. Free will offerings will be taken in support of the concert series.

The American Kantorei is a choral and orchestral ensemble dedicated to the performance of church music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Neoclassical periods. The works of J.S. Bach form the core of its repertoire.

Future concerts will be determined and announced at a later date. For more information, please contact Marla Brewer, senior administrative assistant to the dean of the chapel, at 314-505-7009 or brewerm@csl.edu.

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