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BOSTON BACH BIRTHDAY 331 – March 19, 2016

8AM – 6PM, at the First Lutheran Church of Boston

Free Admission, donation gratefully accepted

Sponsored jointly for the 8th consecutive year by the First Lutheran Church of Boston and the Boston Chapter, American Guild of Organists

Celebrating the 331st Birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21, 1685) and

Looking Towards the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: 1517-2017

Organ: by Richards, Fowkes & Co., Opus X


Reserve your German Lunch or balcony seating…

Interested in volunteering? Opportunities here! 

Download your program poster here.

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Schedule and Program:




Ian Tomesch – Associate Organist at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey; Yale University doctoral candidate

Trio Sonata No. 5 in C, BWV 529


from Clavier-Übung III:

Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit BWV 669

Christe, aller Welt Trost BWV 670

Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 671


Passacaglia and Fugue in c, BWV 582





Mira Cieślak – Lutheran Church, Windischholzhausen, Germany; recently Interim Music Director at St. Joseph Basilica, Webster, MA

Trio Sonata No. 4 in e, BWV 528

Fantasia super: Valet will ich dir geben BWV 736

Chorale Partita: Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig BWV 768

Fantasia in G (Piece d’Orgue) BWV 572





Children’s Event: Peter and the Wolf, by Sergei Prokofiev

Joyce Painter Rice, organ – Assistant Interim Organist, First Lutheran Boston; Music Director, First Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, ME

Christopher Jones, Narrator

Following the performance children and their parents are invited to visit the organ loft.






Jesse Irons and Sarah Darling, baroque violins; Jacques Lee Wood, baroque cello; Erik Higgins, baroque bass; Bálint Karosi, keyboards


Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1039

Trill and Slow Gliss after Bach’s Prelude in F# BWV 858          Daniel Schlossberg

Fugue in F# BWV 858

Bach Studies: Devolving Fugue                                                  Bálint Karosi





Rosalind Mohnsen – Music Director, Immaculate Conception Parish, Malden/Medford, MA

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

O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde gross BWV 622 (Orgelbüchlein)

Fugue in G, “Jig” BWV 577

Meine Seele erhebet den Herren BWV 648 (Schübler)

Fantasia and Fugue in g, BWV 542




12:35 pm

A German Lunch – served by First Lutheran Church, $15, reservations encouraged





Anne Laver – Assistant Professor and University Organist, Syracuse University

Concerto in d after Alessandro Marcello (1673–1747), BWV 974


From the Leipzig chorales:

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, à 2 Clav. et Pedale BWV 659

Trio super Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, à due Bassi et Canto fermo BWV 660

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, à 2 Clav. et Pedale BWV 654


Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552





Address: J. S. BACH, a portal in my life’s journey – Steven Dieck, President, C.B. Fisk, Inc., Organ builders, Gloucester, MA





Bálint Karosi – Cantor, St. Peter’s Church (Lutheran), NYC; Minister of Music at First Lutheran Boston, 2008-2015



Fantasia and Fugue in a, BWV 944

Capriccio in B-Flat, sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo BWV 992



Excerpts from the “Goldberg Variations” BWV 988

Aria, Andante espressivo

Var. 1 Allegro moderato

Var. 2 Allegretto

Var. 3 Canone all’ Unisono. Poco Andante, ma con moto

Var. 4 L’istesso movimento

Var. 6 Canone alla Seconda. Allegretto

Var. 7 al tempo di Giga

Var. 9 Canone alla Terza. Moderato

Var. 10 Fugetta. Un poco animato

Var 12 Canone alla Quarta in moto contrario. Allegretto moderato

Var. 13 Andantino

Var. 19 Allegro vivace

Var. 30 Quodlibet. Moderato



Nun danket alle Gott, a 2 Clav. e Pedale, canto fermo in Soprano BWV 657 (Leipzig)

Vater unser im Himmelreich, Canto fermo in Canone. à 2 Clav. e Pedale BWV 682 (Clavier-Übung III)

Prelude and Fugue in e, BWV 548 (“Wedge”)





Jeremy Bruns – Music Director, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, MA

Fugue in g, BWV 578

Chorale Partita: O Gott, du frommer Gott BWV 767

Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-flat BWV 525

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, à 2 Clav. e Pedale BWV 731


Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532


Vespers with First Lutheran Choir and period orchestra, Balint Karosi, conductor.

The Vespers service includes Cantata 182: Himmelskönig sei willkommen (cantata for Palm Sunday)




At Emmanuel Church, Newbury St., Back Bay:


Pre-concert talk by Christoph Wolff


St. Mark Passion: Bach Re-Imagined. Emmanuel Music, Ryan Turner, Artistic Director.

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