BEYOND BACH: Schütz, Johannes-Passion SWV 481

GOOD FRIDAY
April 14th at 7pm

This year during Holy Week, the Bach Choir will offer the splendid St. John Passion of Heinrich Schütz. Regarded as one of the most important composers of the 17th century, Schütz was arguably the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach. A sung passion has been a part of the Good Friday liturgy since the Middle Ages, dating at least as early as the 8th century. Schütz composed his setting of the Passion according to St. John in Dresden in 1666, 350 years ago in 2016. Join the Bach Choir and soloists for powerful retelling of the Passion narrative.

For more information, contact Carlton Monroe at cmonroe@stthomasepiscopal.org.

3/12: Bach Vespers for Lent

Lenten Bach Vespers

Sunday, March 12th at 5pm

We invite you to join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring worship through lens of the incredible music of J. S. Bach. This month we present Cantata 131, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (“Out of the depths, I cry unto thee, Lord”). Written early in Bach’s musical career, Cantata 131 is a deeply reflective and emotional piece that is the perfect focus for a Holy Lenten season. Be sure to come early and hear more information about the piece at our Pre-Vespers Lectures at 4:30pm before each Vespers service, led by Xavier University’s Prof. Douglas Easterling.

Next Vespers Service: Sunday 2/12

BWV 18: Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt

“Just as the rain and snow fall from heaven”

We invite you to join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring worship through lens of the incredible music of J. S. Bach. We can’t wait to share more timeless music, today! Learn more about the music being performed at our new Pre-Vespers Lectures at 4:30pm preceding each service, led by Xavier University’s Prof. Douglas Easterling.

Bach Vespers for Epiphany

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Bach Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, January 15 at 5pm
“Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort” BWV 126

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas
Carlton Monroe, Conductor
Vocal Soloists

We invite you to join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring the eternal music of J. S. Bach. We can’t wait to share more timeless music, today!

Now featuring a Pre-Vespers Lecture at 4:30pm!
Led by Xavier University’s Douglas Easterling

Bach Vespers for Advent

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Bach Vespers
Sunday November 27th at 5pm
Cantata: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62
Pre-Vespers lecture at 4:30pm

Join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, vocal soloists and our own St. Thomas Choristers to commemorate the First Sunday of Advent with a Bach Cantata written for this very occasion in the year 1714. Cantata 62, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (which translates to “Savior of the nations, come!”) is based on the familiar Lutheran hymn of the same name, and even finds its place as number 54 in the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. We hope you’ll join us for the last Bach Vespers of 2016, before resuming on January 15th 2017.

May Festival Youth Chorus make debut at the October Bach Vespers

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BACH VESPERS
Sunday, October 16th, 5pm
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas
The May Festival Youth Chorus
Bach: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56

We invite you to join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring the eternal music of J. S. Bach. This Bach Vespers service will also feature the May Festival Youth Chorus for the first time as special guests, as well as baritone Jonathan Cooper performing the solo cantata for bass, Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56. We can’t wait to share some more timeless music, today!