October Bach Vespers Program Notes

Musical program notes by Cheryl Ryder from the Vespers services October 24th are below. Recordings are available at the First Lutheran Church of Boston Music website. “God has a heart that overflows with mercy; 
and if within his hearing our mouth laments
 and speaks to him about the pain of the cross 
in faith and trust,…

Thiemo Janssen, Organist from Norden, Germany visits Boston on October 21st

Dear friends of music at First Lutheran, I invite you to our special concert featuring German concert organist Thiemo Janssen, organist at the famous Arp-Schnitger-Organ (1688) in Norden/Eastern Frisia. Here is a video of him playing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWPb65wRXQE&feature=youtu.be (in German!) Thiemo is a renowned specialist in playing historic organs, and this is his first appearance in…

September Bach Vespers Program Notes

Vespers is an ancient service, a gathering of Christians at the end of the day and dating as far back as the second century. Associated with monastic use in the Middle Ages, Vespers was retained by Martin Luther and his followers in the Reformation with one important addition: the use of hymns in the vernacular…