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First Lutheran Church of Boston, in partnership with the AGO Boston and WCRB Classical New England, will be hosting the 7th annual Boston Bach Birthday on March 21.  This includes hourly programs of Bach’s music for strings, organ, singers and orchestra from 9:00am-6:30pm.  There will also be lunch for purchase.


Your involvement, big or small, as a volunteer is greatly appreciated.  Please sign up to head a sub-committee or, for a window of time if you are open to being utilized where needed.  There are also opportunities to donate items that may be dropped off prior to the celebration date.  Please click on the following link to sign up:

If you have any issues signing up, please email Jill Ruiz at and she can help sign you up.


Premium balcony seats, lunch tickets and online donations can be purchased at:

Download a pdf version of the program here

Boston Bach Birthday 2015


9:00 a.m.  PEEP THE PIPER, by Guy Bovet; Children’s Program

Jonathan Wessler, organ; John Robinson, narrator (St. Paul’s Church and Choir School, Cambridge)

9:45  Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan, organ (Arlington Street Church, Boston)

Trio Sonata No. 2 in c, BWV 526

“Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”, BWV 639 from Orgelbüchlein

Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (“St. Anne”) BWV 552

10:25  Kate Arndt, violin (New England Conservatory)

Violin Sonata No. 2 in a, BWV 1003

10:50 Hymn Sing with Arvid Gast, organ (St. Jakobi & Hochschule für Musik, Lübeck)

11:10  First Lutheran Church Choir, soloists & orchestra; Bálint Karosi, conductor

Cantata BWV 214 Tönet, Ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!

Introduction by Brian McCreath, host, “The Bach Hour”, WCRB Classical Music/99.5

12:45  Stephan Griffin, organ (Boston University)

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 Leipzig Chorale

Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655 Leipzig Chorale

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 Leipzig Chorale

An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 Leipzig Chorale

Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547

1:35  Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord, & Héloïse Degrugillier, flute

Flute Sonata in e, BWV 1034

French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816

2:25  Bálint Karosi, organ (First Lutheran Church and Yale University)

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

3:35  Recorder Ensemble (Héloïse Degrugillier, Emily O’Brien, Roy Sansom) recorders

Trio Sonata No. 3  BWV 527

3:50  Allison Drenkow, cello (New England Conservatory)

Cello Suite No. 2 in d, BWV 1008

4:20  Bálint Karosi, organ (First Lutheran Church and Yale University)

Hymn Sing

4:35  Katelyn Emerson, organ (Oberlin College and Conservatory)

Concerto in a, RV 522, BWV 593

Trio Sonata V in C, BWV 529

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, a 2 claviers et pedale, BWV 659 Leipzig Chorale

Trio super: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, a due bassi e canto fermo, BWV 660 Leipzig Chorale

Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541

5:30  Arvid Gast, organ (St. Jakobi & Hochschule für Musik, Lübeck)

Trio Sonata VI in G, BWV 530

Prelude and Fugue in e, BWV 548

Partita “Was soll ich Sünder machen”, BWV 770

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564

8:00  at Emmanuel Church: Emmanuel Music, Ryan Turner, Artistic Director

ST. JOHN PASSION, BWV 245 (tickets at


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