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  • On Saturday, March 16, 2013 come celebrate the music of J.S. Bach on occasion of his 328th Birthday at First Lutheran Church. This year’s event is more diverse than ever with organ, instrumental and vocal music, a children’s program, a presentation and a German lunch.

Concerts begin at 6:00AM and end at 6 p.m., all concerts beginning on the hour.

Further vitals on the event;

  • FREE admission throughout the day
  • Co-sponsored by with First Lutheran Church of  Boston, the Boston American Guild of Organists and WGBH Classical New England and held at The First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St. (at Marlborough St.) home of the Richards,Fowkes & Co. Organ, Opus 10 (2000/2010).
  • A German Lunch will be served at the church $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-10
  • Limited premium baclony seating with a great view of the organ and performers is available for a fee.  
  • Free childcare is available from 10AM-2PM  for children 6 months to 6 years.
  • CONTACT: or by phone: 617-536-8851 (First Lutheran)
  • T stop: Arlington (green line) or Back Bay (orange line)
  • Parking: Boston Common Garage (flat rate Saturday $12, discounted tickets available at door for $8)
  • For lunch reservations and premium balcony seating reservations, click HERE

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6am – Bachianas Bostoneiras, A Boston Cello Tribute to J S Bach

Cellists James David Jacobs and Friends: Guillermo del Angel, Mark Churchill, Nancy Hair, Shayne Lebron, Christopher Mendez and Christina Stripling

Suite no. 1 in G, BWV 1007: Prelude [played in unison]

Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist—arr. J D Jacobs (sung to words Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht in Part II, Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)

Prelude and Fugue—arr. Heitor Villa-Lobos

Suite no. 6 in D, BWV 1012: Sarabande, Gavottes I & II—arr. Colin Hampton

Wir essen und leben wohl, from Cantata BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden—arr. Jacobs

O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244/no. 54—arr. Jacobs

Lob und Preis sei Gott dem Vater, from Cantata BWV 10 Meine Seel’ erhebt den Herren—arr. Jacobs

Suite no. 5 in c, BWV 1011: Sarabande—arr. Jacobs

Concerto for two violins in d, BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto —arr. Mildred C. Rosner

Es ist genug (from BWV 60 Cantata O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort)—arr. Jacobs



Bálint Karosi, organ (Yale University and First Lutheran Church of Boston)

Bach Influences—Transcriptions of Other Composers

Concerto in G—after Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar, BWV 592

Trio in c—after Johann Friedrich Fasch, BWV 585

Concerto in C—after Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar, BWV 595

Aria for Organ in F—after ‘L’impériale’ by François Couperin, BWV 587

Concerto in d—after Antonio Vivaldi Op. 3/11, RV 565, BWV 596

Trio in G—spurious, possibly after Georg Philipp Telemann, BWV 586

Concerto in a—after Vivaldi Op. 3/8, RV 522, BWV 593


8am—Violinists from the Donald Weilerstein Studio, New England Conservatory  

Qianqian Li   Partita No. 2 in d, BWV 1004

Zenas Hsu   Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005

Brian Hong   Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006


9am—Dexter Kennedy, organ (Yale University)

Bach Influences—The Lutheran Chorale and Italy

Partita on Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768      Chorale and 8 Variations

Trio on Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend’, BWV 655 (Leipzig)

Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Leipzig)

Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C, BWV 564


10am—CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: “Peep the Piper”  (by Guy Bovet)

Karin Denison, narrator

Bálint Karosi, organ

Conclusion: Fugue in G, BWV 550/b


11am—Landmarks Brass Bach Celebration

Dana Oakes, trumpet

Kevin Owen, French horn

Robert Couture, trombone

Donald Rankin, tuba

Contrapuncti from The Art Of The Fugue, BWV 1080


12pm—David Arcus, organ (Organist at Duke Chapel, Duke University)

Bach Influences—North Germany

Prelude and Fugue in a, BWV 551

Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720

Jesu meine Freude, BWV 1105

Partita on O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767       Chorale and 8 variations

Herzlich thut mich verlangen, BWV 727

Prelude (Toccata) and Fugue in C Major, BWV 566


1pm—Bach from the Boston Conservatory

Ina Zdorovetchi, harp   Partita No. 1 in B-flat, BWV 825

Elizabeth Seitz, Ph.D., Speaker

Lila Brown, viola   Suite No. 4 in E-flat, BWV 1010 (composed for cello)


2pm—Megan Chartrand, presenter (Yale University)

Virtual Pilgrimages To Calvary: A conceptual exploration

of Bach’s St John Passion and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ


3pm—Archguitar, a Legend, and the Next Generation

Peter Blanchette, archguitar

Sarabande & Corrente from Violin Partita No. 2 in d, BWV 1004

Gavotte & Gigue from Cello Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Laurence Lesser, cello (President Emeritus New England Conservatory)

Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007

Hannah Choi, violin (Donald Weilerstein studio, New England Conservatory)

Sonata No. 1 in g, BWV 1001


4pmJacob Street, organ (Organ Scholar, Trinity Church Boston)

Bach Influences—France

Prelude in E flat, BWV 552/1

O Mensch , bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622 (Orgelbüchlein)

Fantasia in c, BWV 562

Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 662 (Leipzig)

Contrapunctus VI in stile francese, from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682 (Klavierübung III)

Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532


5pm—Handel & Haydn Society Concert

Richard Egarr, harpsichord

Guy Fishman, cello

Emily Marvosh, mezzo-soprano

Susanna Ogata, violin

Ach bleibe doch, from Cantata BWV 11 Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen—Ms. Marvosh

Sonata for Violin and Continuo in e, BWV 1023—Ms. Ogata

English Suite No. 6 in d, BWV 811—Mr. Egarr




  1. Sam Ellenport 11 years ago

    Dear Friends,
    I have been attending this event since it began, and enjoy the idea immensely. However, while the music this season was excellent, the inclusion of WGBH was very disappointing. As they do on their radio shows, the announcers simply talk too much,…much too much. Also, while Ms Chartrnad sang eloquently, and with inspiration, there was no need to subject the audience to a graduate school topic summary – people came to hear music, not a lecture. Likewise, the inclusion of two guitarists, while interesting, served as a platform for much more discussion than needed, so the extent that the sublime playing by Hannah Choi was cut to only two movements of the violin sonata. PLEASE continue with the format of the past – the Church will fill, and people who love music will come. Do eliminate the oppressive contributions by WGBH. You are better than that.
    Sam Ellenport

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      Administrator 11 years ago

      Dear Mr. Ellenport,

      Thank you for your steady attendance at the Bach Birthday celebrations. We’re thankful that you have stuck with the event, appreciative of the feedback and long perspective over the last five years. You’re right; the format was a bit different than in past years. We wanted to explore new ways we can celebrate and share Bach’s music. We’ll certainly consider your feedback in planning next year’s event, which we hope will be worthy of your attendance.

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