Music Ministry

“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. Whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, to encourage the despairing, to humble the proud, to calm the passionate, or to appease those full of hate, what more effective means than music could you find?” —Martin Luther

The FLC Music Ministry is operated by Minister of Music Jonathan Wessler. Below you can find information about each facet of the ministry.

The FLC choir enhances services with the best liturgical music from throughout the Church’s history

Read about FLC’s brilliant Richards, Fowkes & Co. opus 10 pipe organ, perfect for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach

Our yearly celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday draws hundreds to recitals, concerts, Vespers, and a German lunch

Trinity Season and the Michaelmas Skip

At The First Lutheran Church of Boston, we have been using the historic one-year lectionary since Advent 2016. One feature of this lectionary is the numbering of the ordinal Sundays (also known as the non-festival portion of the church year, more informally known as the “green season”) from Trinity Sunday rather than from Pentecost, as the three-year lectionary does. Another […]

Hymns for the Book of Concord

Those who have been attending Lutheran Essentials or following our posts will have noticed that we have selected hymns for each section of the Book of Concord.  This has both a pedagogical and catechetical reason.  The pedagogical reason is that people learn many ways, some by reading the text, others by listening, others by singing, thus these hymns are meant […]

Gift of the Liturgy for Those with Toddlers

First Lutheran Alumna Bethany Kilcrease has authored an excellent reflection on kids (and parents) in church for the Sisters of Katie Luther blog. Want a greater appreciation for the practicality of liturgical worship? You need a baby and/or toddler — preferably one with a lot of enthusiasm for life who will divert your attention away from the divine service itself. If […]

Music In the Lutheran Tradition

Music in Lutheran Worship by Balint Karosi In sharp contrast to radical reformers such as Calvin and particularly Zwingli, Martin Luther regarded music as essential to evangelical worship. He wrote, “next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Luther was a singer, accomplished performer on the lute, and composed some […]

Theology in Matthias Weckmann’s Organ Chorale “Es ist das Heil”

In 1655, Matthias Weckmann (1615/16-1674) became the music director at Hamburg’s Jakobikirche, where he served until his death. In 1660 he founded Collegium Musicum, a group of about 50 musicians that, for the first time in Germany, performed weekly public concerts. Weckmann studied with Heinrich Schütz in Dresden and Jacob Pretorius in Hamburg. Only a few of his compositions survived, […]

Bach Vespers for the Last Sunday after Trinity

On Saturday, November 24 at 5:00pm, the saints of First Lutheran Church will gather to celebrate the Last Sunday after Trinity with a Vespers service featuring the music of acclaimed Lutheran composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The Last Sunday after Trinity represents the consummation of the liturgical year, and in turn depicts the consummation of history in the second coming of Christ […]

Reformation Hymn Festival

On Sunday, October 28 at 3:00pm, First Lutheran Church will hold a hymn festival celebrating great hymnody of the Reformation era. FLC's Minister of Music Jonathan Wessler will preside at the stunning Richards, Fowkes & Co. Baroque organ in FLC's balcony, upon which the chorales and chorale-based organ music of the Reformation are perfectly at home. The central feature of the [...]

Boston Bach International Organ Competition

The first-ever Boston Bach International Organ Competition (www.bbioc.org) will be held here from September 1st (Labor Day weekend) through September 9th. And, no surprise, FLC’s Richards, Fowkes & Co. opus 10 is front and center for the competition. It shows off its fabulous pipes in a master class on the morning of Saturday, September 1st, and for lots of events […]

Boston Bach Birthday is coming on March 17th

Boston Bach Birthday 333 is on March 17th. Celebrate the birthday of the greatest of all Lutheran composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, with First Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 17, 2018. FLC’s annual Boston Bach Birthday will begin at 8am and feature concerts, organ recitals, a Vespers service, and of course the famous German lunch (tickets $15, available at the door or from Eventbrite). All […]

Boston Bach Birthday 333 on March 17, 2018

Celebrate the birthday of the greatest of all Lutheran composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, with First Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 17, 2018. FLC’s annual Boston Bach Birthday will begin at 8am and feature concerts, organ recitals, a Vespers service, and of course the famous German lunch (tickets $15, available at the door or from Eventbrite). All musical events are free […]

Caroling in the Courtyard for 2017

Join the FLC congregation on Sunday, December 10 after the 11am service for Caroling in the Courtyard. Approximate start time is 12:30pm. We sing carols of the season and hand out cookies and cocoa to passers- and drivers-by. Though the weather may be cold, it will be warm in our cups and in our spirits! It has become a major outreach event and a […]

Canto Armonico presents Telemann

Ruler of the oceans and seas Neptune, and the wind gods Aeolus and Zephyr, come to life when Simon Carrington directs Canto Armonico in a program of Georg Philipp Telemann’s music. Hear his splendid German Magnificat, a delightful Paris quartet, and the spirited Water Music, and herald in the Advent of Jesus Christ with one of Telemann’s many cantata settings […]

Advent and Christmas Concerts at First Lutheran

Special Holiday Music  Canto Armonico in Concert Friday, December 1st 2017 at 8:00pm www.cantoarmonico.org   Boston Camerata in Concert Saturday, December 2nd 2017 at 8 p.m. bostoncamerata.org   Rumbarocco in Concert Saturday, December 9th 2017 at 2 p.m. www.rumbarocco.org   Oriana Consort in Concert Saturday, December 9th 2017  at 8 p.m. www.orianaconsort.org   Schola Cantorum in Concert Saturday, December 23rd 2017 at 8 p.m. […]

Bach Vespers for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Add New First Lutheran’s acclaimed Bach Vespers series continues on Saturday, October 28 with the centerpiece of the series: a Vespers service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. When Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Schloßkirche on October 31, 1517, he began a movement to reclaim the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus […]

Bach Vespers for the Reformation 500 Anniversary

First Lutheran’s acclaimed Bach Vespers series continues on Saturday, October 28 with the centerpiece of the series: a Vespers service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. When Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Schloßkirche on October 31, 1517, he began a movement to reclaim the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ within […]

Renowned organist Bernhard Klapprott plays at FLC

German organist, harpsichordist, and clavichordist Bernhard Klapprott will perform an organ recital at The First Lutheran Church of Boston. Klapprott specializes in music from the eighteenth century and before, and has a particular affinity for performance on the clavichord, a very quiet eighteenth-century keyboard instrument rarely heard in today’s world of constant noise. Klapprott’s recital at FLC on Sunday, October 1 at […]

2017 Labor Day Concert with First Boston Performance

The First Lutheran Church of Boston is pleased to host its annual Labor Day Concert on Monday, September 4 at 7pm, this year featuring a special Reformation-themed organ recital by Kevin Birch of St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine. In addition to music by J.S. Bach and Georg Böhm, Kevin’s program will offer the first Boston performance of a […]

Two Vespers services for BEMF week

The First Lutheran Church of Boston will hold two choral Vespers services during the week of the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival. The first of these services will be the next installment in FLC’s Bach Vespers series. Our Bach Vespers for Trinity Sunday will take place Sunday, June 11 at 5pm with a 4:30pm prelude recital played by Thomas Sheehan of the […]

BEMF 2017 at FLC

As in past years, The First Lutheran Church of Boston will host several events of the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival. See the schedule below: Sunday, June 11, 5pm: Bach Vespers for Trinity Sunday (prelude organ recital at 4:30pm) Thursday, June 15, 8am-4pm: Organ Mini-Festival Friday, June 16 10:30am: Musique pour le Dauphin (Canzonare) 1pm: The sacred music of Alessandro Melani (Reed College […]

Vespers for the Dresden Reformation Jubilee of 1617

Vespers on Friday, June 16 at 5pm will feature the return of Canto Armonico, directed by Ulf Wellner. Canto Armonico will present a celebratory Vespers service for the Reformation Jubilee of 1617 as it might have been celebrated that year in Dresden. Several Psalms, motets, and chorales by Heinrich Schütz and Michael Praetorius will adorn the service, and the Reverend Ingo […]

Bach Vespers for Trinity Sunday, June 11th

  The first of these services will be the next installment in FLC’s Bach Vespers series. Our Bach Vespers for Trinity Sunday will take place Sunday, June 11 at 5pm with a 4:30pm prelude recital played by Thomas Sheehan of the Harvard Memorial Church. Music rendered by the FLC Choir and Baroque Orchestra will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s festive cantata for Trinity Sunday, Gelobet […]

Bach Birthday is Back!

  The First Lutheran Church will host the ninth annual Boston Bach Birthday on Saturday, March 18. In 2017, this hotly anticipated event celebrates not only the 332nd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. As always, all musical events are free and open to the public (balcony seating available for $20 at the door), and […]

Boston Bach Birthday 332 on March 18, 2017

The First Lutheran Church will host the ninth annual Boston Bach Birthday on Saturday, March 18. In 2017, this hotly anticipated event celebrates not only the 332nd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. As always, all musical events are free and open to the public (balcony seating available for $20 at the door), and concertgoers […]

Bach Vespers Returns for Advent

The First Lutheran Church of Boston begins its 2016-2017 series of Bach Vespers services in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:00pm (prelude recital at 4:30) with a Choral Vespers for the First Sunday in Advent. This will be the first such event under the direction of Jonathan Wessler, First Lutheran’s recently […]

Bach Vespers for the First Sunday in Advent

The First Lutheran Church of Boston begins its 2016-2017 series of Bach Vespers services in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:00pm (prelude recital at 4:30) with a Choral Vespers for the First Sunday in Advent. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. The service will be modeled after the […]

August 31 Vespers with Homerton College

First Lutheran Church will host the Charter Choir of Homerton College at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom as they sing a Choral Vespers service on Wednesday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m. Director Daniel Trocmé-Latter and organists Max Goodall and Jonathan Huse will lead the choir in rendering music by JS Bach, John Goss, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Trocmé-Latter as well as the […]

Labor Day Concert and Root Beer Float Reception

The First Lutheran Church in Boston cordially invites all to attend its annual Labor Day Concert and Root Beer Float Reception on Monday, September 5, 2016 at 7:00pm. The concert will feature soprano soloists Sarah Bellott and Alana Mailes, traverso player Kateri Chambers, cellist Denise Fan, and harpsichordist Jonathan Wessler playing Baroque solo and chamber music from Germany, England, and […]

Antico Moderno Workshop Concert 2016

Antico Moderno is pleased to announce our upcoming Workshop Concert at First Lutheran Church in Boston. This year the theme is: Secular Cantatas on Contemporary Texts for solo voice and baroque ensemble June 17, 7:00 p.m. First Lutheran Church of Boston  (299, Berkeley St. 02116, Boston, MA) Free Admission, $20 Freewill Offering The Antico Moderno 2016 Composer’s Workshop culminates in two […]

Boston Bach Birthday 331 Program, Reservations & Volunteering

    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 […]

Boston Bach Birthday 331 Program

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 […]

Concordia Lutheran High School Choir visits Boston

Here comes Concordia Lutheran High School! On Friday, February 26th at 7 pm, you can hear the prized A Cappella Choir of Concordia Lutheran High School from Fort Wayne, Indiana in concert at First Lutheran. Finalists in the Indiana State High School Choral Music Competition for the past three years, this 50-member chorus will spend a one-week tour in places […]

Concordia Lutheran High School Choir visits Boston

Here comes Concordia Lutheran High School! On Friday, February 26th at 7 pm, you can hear the prized A Cappella Choir of Concordia Lutheran High School from Fort Wayne, Indiana in concert at First Lutheran. Finalists in the Indiana State High School Choral Music Competition for the past three years, this 50-member chorus will spend a one-week tour in places […]

Boston Bach Birthday; Save the Date March 19th, 2016

Guess whose birthday is fast approaching once again? That’s right, it’s him again! The annual celebration of of J.S. Bach’s birthday will take place at First Lutheran Church on March 19th, 2016. A full dose of free and excellent music for fans of all ages will run from morning through evening including a cantata Vespers worship service, works for the […]

Boston Bach Birthday; Save the Date March 19th, 2016

  Guess whose birthday is fast approaching once again? That’s right, it’s him again! The annual celebration of of J.S. Bach’s birthday will take place at First Lutheran Church on March 19th, 2016. A full dose of free and excellent music for fans of all ages will run from morning through evening including a cantata Vespers worship service, works for […]

Minister of Music Position Overview and Application Process

THE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF BOSTON MINISTER OF MUSIC POSITION OVERVIEW First Lutheran Church of Boston is seeking an accomplished minister of music to complement its ministry team in fulfilling its strategic vision of spreading the Gospel to the Greater Boston community. First Lutheran Church of Boston (“FLC”) is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (“LCMS”). FLC was […]

Epiphany Bach Vespers arrives on January 23rd

On January 23rd, 5PM, Balint Karosi, the Choir and Orchestra of First Lutheran Church of Boston will return for Cantata BWV 111 “Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit”, or “May my God’s will always be done”. The cantata will be presented in the context of a traditional Lutheran vespers, or evening prayer, service with scripture readings and preaching appropriate for the […]

Thank You Courtyard Carolers!

Hi Friends, I wanted to summarize this year’s Caroling in the Courtyard event. I think it was even better than the previous years, if that’s at all possible. The facts: We distributed 150 ziplock bags of cookies (with stickers listing Advent and Christmas services) and 150 cups of cocoa to passers-by (walking and in cars) FLCers used 100 cups w/lids […]

Bach Vespers for Advent arrives on December 12

Join First Lutheran on December 12, 2015 for an evening of  Advent music within the context of a Lutheran Vespers worship service. The service is free and open to all. Vespers begins at @ 5:00pm Prelude @ 4:30pm: Bálint Karosi, organ BWV 62: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland (Come now, Savior of the gentiles), Magnificat setting by Orlando di Lasso […]

Weihnachts-Gottesdienst, or Christmas Worship Service in German. December 6th

Weihnachts-Gottesdienst Sonntag 6. Dez., 4 pm, mit Konzert in der First Lutheran Church of Boston, mit einfuegen German Service Sunday December 6, 2015, 4:00PM Homily and liturgy in German by Ingo Dutzmann. Traditional German Christmas Hymns and Lutheran music selections. Reception, German Kuchen and tea served afterwards. For more information and directions contact the First Lutheran Church of Boston

Minister of Music Position Description

THE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF BOSTON MINISTER OF MUSIC POSITION OVERVIEW First Lutheran Church of Boston is seeking an accomplished minister of music to complement its ministry team in fulfilling its strategic vision of spreading the Gospel to the Greater Boston community. First Lutheran Church of Boston (“FLC”) is a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (“LCMS”). FLC was […]

Concert at Christ Lutheran Church Situate

From our friends at Christ Lutheran Church in Situate We wanted to invite you and the members of your congregation to a special concert we are hosting a week from Sunday, November 8 at 5pm. The musician is Tony DeBlois, who is a Christian singer with some very special talents. He is blind, and autistic with Savant Syndrome. He plays […]

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, 
then his heart breaks,
 so […]

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 the United States. His program […]

Second installment of Bach Vespers Scheduled for October 24th

    A Quick Guide to the Bach Vespers Services at First Lutheran Church   We invite you to join in our celebration of the Lutheran musical tradition in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 with a series of special Saturday evening Bach Vespers services. Our next installment in the series will be held at 5 […]

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 (called chorales to distinguish them […]

German Concert Organist Thiemo Janssen at FLC, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.

Dear friends of music at FLC, 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!)

Bach Vespers Bulletin

The Vespers order of service has been posted here for Saturday’s special event. In it can be found the Bach Cantata text, the Bible readings on which it is based, the participatory hymns and liturgy among other content to anticipate at the first Bach Vespers at First Lutheran. Bach Vesper Bulletin September 26 2015

German Choir to Visit First Lutheran

We are pleased to welcome the MarienKantorei Lemgo to First Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 4th. They come to us from the old Hanseatic League city of Lemgo, in northwest Germany. This is their first cultural exchange tour to the USA, with Boston being their first stop. After singing from the balcony for the second service, they will give a […]

Dig Deeper into the Bach’s Music: Pastor Dutzmann, Balint Karosi & Paul Edmon interviewed by Boston Musical Intelligencer

First Lutheran’s Minister of Music Balint Karosi, along with Pastor Ingo Dutzmann and parishoner Paul Edmon spoke to the Boston Musical Intelligencer about the upcoming Bach Vespers series. Joyce Painter Rice introduces the series. As the semi-millennial observances of the Protestant Reformation approach, Boston’s First Lutheran Church has announced a series of “Bach” Vespers services beginning next Saturday evening; these will […]

Bach Vespers Worship Services Announced

As 2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, First Lutheran Church of Boston is launching a series of Vespers Services on Saturday evenings to celebrate the Lutheran musical tradition in a worship setting. The centerpiece of the hour-long Vespers services is a Bach Cantata with appropriate liturgical music, hymns, an epistle and Gospel reading of the day […]

Reformation’s 500th Anniversary Through Bach

Read about our Bach Vespers on the Boston Musical Intelligencer.

Boston Early Music Festival June 7-13, 2015

FLC is a proud host of a series of events related to the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival, from June 7-13, 2015 . Founded in 1980 by a group of dedicated performers and instrument makers interested in promoting historical performance in the United States, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) is now universally recognized as a leader in the field […]

Boston Globe and Musical Intelligencer articles on Antico Moderno

Two recent articles highlight the work of Antico Moderno. Find out more below or come to the concert Friday May 15th at 7:30PM at First Lutheran Church of Boston “Instead of playing old repertoire,” Wood put it, “wouldn’t it be cool if we could combine these two worlds, which seem so similar, and see what we could do?” That insight […]

Bypassing the 19th Century

MAY 13, 2015 Bypassing the Nineteenth Century at Boston Musical Intelligencer by Zoe Kemmerling WITH BÁLINT KAROSI The unexamined concert is not worth programming… Music is a sensual delight, but for the philosophical mind it can also summon thickets of meaning and association. We submit that Antico Moderno (so named because it rhymes better than in English) will reveal an elegant […]

New Antico Moderno Concert explores “Divisions”

Many developments in music are forward-looking, with composers searching for unique techniques that will help them stand out. Yet other times composers will turn to the distant past for inspiration, taking instruments or forms from bygone eras and giving them new voice in the present. Whether creating modern music for the harpsichord or lute, or providing fresh facelifts for centuries-old […]

May 15, 7:30 p.m.: Antico Moderno presents “La Divisione”

Boston, MA – Antico Moderno explores the many meanings of division in music inspired by philosophy, theology, and literature in their concert on Friday, May 15 – 7:30pm at First Lutheran Church, Boston.  In line with their mission, “La Divisione” features old works by Bach, Biber, Morley, and Corelli with newly written works for period instruments by Katherine Balch, Bálint […]

Bach Birthday 330 Pictures and Audio Files

Live Recording of BWV 214 on MArch 21, 2015 by the FLC Chorus and Orchestra Introduction to Bach’s Secular Cantatas by Brian McCreath and Christoph Wolff J. S. Bach: “Tönet Ihr Pauken” BWV 214 Opening Chorus J. S. Bach: “Tönet Ihr Pauken” BWV 214 Tenor Recit (David Evans) J. S. Bach: “Tönet Ihr Pauken” BWV 214 Soprano Aria (Clara Reitz) […]

Boston Bach Birthday Lineup Announced, Lunch, Seating and Volunteer info here

  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. Volunteering: Your involvement, big or small, as a volunteer […]

Bach Immersion for Sebastian at 330

Friend of First Lutheran Joyce Painter Rice has penned a more in-depth preview of the upcoming Boston Bach Birthday for the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Here’s an excerpt, with a whole article available below. The joy of hearing a full day of the dazzling music of Johann Sebastian Bach awaits all at “Boston Bach Birthday 330” on Saturday, March 21st. Held […]

Peep the Piper invites kids of all ages to a musical tour!

A multi-media demonstration of the pipe organ developed by Swiss organist Guy Bovet and presented for children of all ages by Jonathan Wessler and John Robinson. After the presentation, children are invited for a brief hands-on investigation of the mechanical-action organ at First Lutheran Church. Below are some images of Peep’s travels throughout the history of music.   Download a flyer here   Bach-Birthday-2015 […]

Boston Bach Birthday 330 (March 21, 2015)

Updated, final program can be downloaded here: Program Bach Birthday 330.PDF On March 21, the 330th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach will be celebrated throughout the world with performances of his music. In Boston this celebration centers in Boston Bach Birthday 330, the 7th annual, all-day (morning to late afternoon) series of Bach concerts, presented free and […]

Boston Bach Birthday 330 Program Listing

March 21, 2015, 9 AM – 6:30 PM   Premium balcony seats, lunch tickets and online donations can be purchased at: https://eventbrite.com/event/15846320772/ PROGRAM: 9:00 Peep The Piper, by Guy Bovet (Children’s Program) Jonathan Wessler, organ; John Robinson, narrator (St. Paul’s Parish and Choir School, Cambridge) 9:45  Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan, organ (Arlington Street Church, Boston) Trio Sonata No. 2 in c, BWV 526 “Ich […]

Boston Bach Birthday 330 quickly approaching – March 21

  BOSTON BACH BIRTHDAY 330 Presented for the 7th year by the First Lutheran Church of Boston and the Boston American Guild of Organists with thanks to WCRB Classical Music/99.5 Saturday March 21, 2015 9AM-6:30PM First Lutheran Church of Boston 299 Berkeley St at Marlborough Celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach   more information forthcoming on performances and times. […]

Lübeck Organist Arvid Gast joins Bach Birthday Lineup as Special Guest

Lübeck Organist Arvid Gast joins Bach Birthday Lineup as Special Guest Boston Bach Birthday, March 21, 2015 9 a.m.-6 p.m.   For the Boston Bach Birthday, we have a distinguished guest: organist and professor Arvid Gast, from Lübeck, Germany. He is making his first visit to the USA, and it is fitting that he start in Boston because he is […]

Lübeck Organist Arvid Gast joins Bach Birthday Lineup as Special Guest

For the Boston Bach Birthday, we have a distinguished guest: organist and professor Arvid Gast, from Lübeck, Germany. He is making his first visit to the USA, and it is fitting that he start in Boston because he is well known to two members of the congregation, Balint Karosi and Cheryl Ryder. In 2008 he was a member of the […]

March 21 – Save the Date: Bach Birthday 330 fast approaching

7th Annual Boston Bach Birthday 330 Celebrating Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Saturday March 21, 2015 9:30 am-6:30 pm First Lutheran Church of Boston in partnership with the AGO Boston and WCRB Classical New England 299 Berkeley St. at Marlborough www.flc-bostonmusic.org Free admission all day Premium seat reservations for $25-35 Lunch for $15 9:30 a.m. “Peep the Piper” a […]

Minister of Music Balint Karosi’s ‘Extistentia” premiers to critical acclaim

Two reviews, excerpted below, cover the world premier of Balint Karosi’s ‘Exestentia”. FROM BMOP, NEW MUSIC WITH A HUNGARIAN ACCENT By Jeremy EichlerGlobe Staff  January 26, 2015 Hungarian music, Liszt once wrote, “is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.” Saturday’s ambitious “Magyar Madness” program, presented by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, had representatives of […]

Saengerchor Boston Christmas Concert at First Lutheran January 4th

Please join Saengerchor Boston for a concert celebrating the joys of Christmas and the 175th year of the founding of the First Lutheran Church of Boston on January 4, 2015. The Saengerchor is a mixed chorus dedicated to the singing of familiar German folk songs and Christmas carols.  The concert begins at 3:00PM and will be followed by tea, coffee and refreshments.  We look […]

Carols from the First Lutheran courtyard fill the Back Bay! Photos Here.

  The sun was shining, the cocoa was flowing, and carols filled the air. It was such a joy to gather with our church family and neighbors to sing of the anticipation and joy of the Christmas season. We handed out hundreds of cookies, cups of cocoa, and invitations to join our Christmas services to passers-by. We even got to […]

Christmas Vespers with Canto Armonico December 21st

Christmas Vespers with Canto Armonico and Balint Karosi, organ Sunday, December 21st at 5:00 PM First Lutheran Church 299 Berkeley Street, Boston Magnificat Quinti Toni of Hieronymus Praetorius and music of Schütz, Handl, Rheinberger and Sheppard Freewill Offering contact and directions here  

Antico Moderno Opening Concert Friday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.

Antico Moderno is a collective of musicians who are dedicated to expanding the repertoire of music written for period instruments, right up until the present day. We challenge twentieth-century composers to come to terms with the rich rhetorical sensibilities of the Baroque era, and to explore the sonic and stylistic possibilities that historical models open up. It’s a trippy, messy, […]

Antico Moderno Concert Friday December 5th

We’re proud to announce the formation of a new group, putting an “old” twist on a “new” idea!   Antico Moderno is a collective of musicians who are dedicated to expanding the repertoire of music written for period instruments, right up until the present day. We challenge twentieth-century composers to come to terms with the rich rhetorical sensibilities of the […]

Harpsichord, recorder and baroque flute concert with Karosi and Dégrugillier

Balint Karosi with Héloise Dégrugillier Harpsichord, recorder and baroque flute concert — Music of Arcangelo Corelli, J.S. Bach and Georg Philip Telemann   Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.                             Loring-Greenough House                                 12 South Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130Donation: $!5 ($10 students, seniors, JPTC members) Includes afternoon tea […]

Check out our video of Handel: The Lord Is My Light

Handel: “The Lord Is My Light”HWV 255 as performed at our Reformation Celebration Service on October 26, 2014

Reformation Music Online: Handel’s ‘The Lord is My Light’, performed by First Lutheran Church

Enjoy some excellent, seldom heard and uplifting music appropriate for the Feast of the Reformation G. F. Handel: The Lord Is My Light HWV 255 Part I, II and III Performed on October 26, 2014, by the Choir and Orchestra of the First Lutheran Church of Boston. Abby Karr, Nina Bishop Nunn, baroque violins, Joyce Alper, baroque oboe, Cora Swenson, […]

Labor Day Concert: An Italian Sendoff for the Summer

Dear Friends of Music at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, I cordially invite you to our traditional Labor Day Concert on  Monday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m.  followed by a reception. Our evening will feature instrumental and vocal works by Italian and Italian-inspired composers such as Telemann, Vivaldi, Corelli and Handel. Héloise Dégrugillier, recorder & traverso Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, soprano Bálint Karosi, harpsichord & organ […]

Labor Day Concert- an Italian Journey

Monday, September 1, 7:00 p.m. Reception follows. An evening of instrumental and vocal works by Italian and Italian-inspired composers. Héloise Dégrugillier, recorder & traverso Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, soprano Bálint Karosi, harpsichord & organ Works by Antonio Maria Bonocini, Antonio Vivaldi and Corelli. Tickets: $20 for adults $10 for students

Concordia College Choir Concert at First Lutheran this Friday

This Friday May 16th, First Lutheran Church will host a concert for Concordia College-New York Choir hailing from Bronxville, NY. The concert begins at  7PM.  In addition the choir will be participating in our Sunday service on May 18th at 11AM.  Hope to see you there. For more information, please contact First Lutheran Church. Info and directions here.    

Philip Christ Organ Concert Friday

German organist Philip Christ will give an organ concert this Friday May 2nd at First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley St in Boston’s Back Bay. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students & seniors. Contact and directions here Program: Nikolaus Bruhns (1665 – 1697): Praeludium in G-Dur Abraham van den Kerckhoven (ca. 1618 – 1701): Fantasie in d Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 […]

Organ Concert by Philip Christ Friday May 2 at 8 p.m.

German organist Philip Christ will give an organ concert this Friday at First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley St. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students & seniors Nikolaus Bruhns:                                                   Praeludium in G-Dur (1665 – 1697) Abraham van den Kerckhoven:                   Fantasie in d (ca. 1618 – 1701) Dieterich Buxtehude:                                        Toccata in d, BuxWV 155 (1637 – 1707) Johann […]

New Bach CD shipping from Hungary!

Time to get excited. This beautiful double CD of JS Bach’s Clavier-übung III plus chorales is on its way to First Lutheran Church and will be available for purchase on April 9th. The project features FLC’s own Balint Karosi, Cheryl Ryder and in-residence choral group Canto Armonico. More on the project here  More on First Lutheran Church’s music outreach here. more […]

Hear the First Lutheran Church Choir at Boston Bach Birthday 329

Live recording on March 22, 2014 at the “Boston Bach Birthday 329” First Lutheran Church Choir, Soloists and Period Orchestra; Cantata 29: Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir László Fassang, organ Bálint Karosi, conductor Soloists: Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, soprano; Stephanie Kacoyanis, alto; Gene Stenger, tenor; Ian Pomerantz, bass Orchestra: Abigail Karr, baroque violin Jesse Irons, baroque violin Anna Griffis, baroque […]

The Boston Byzantine Choir at St. Luke’s Dedham

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 950 East Street in Dedham, invites you to attend our 3rd Annual Hymn Festival on Saturday, April 5 at 4:00pm. The Boston Byzantine Choir will be presenting a program of Lenten music in the Orthodox tradition accompanied by images of beautiful iconography. Admission is free (though donations to the choir will be accepted), recordings will be available […]

Boston Bach Birthday 329 Saturday, March 22nd

First Lutheran Church of Boston is proud to announce the 6th annual Bach Birthday Celebration in collaboration with the Boston Chapter of the American Organists. Saturday, March 22 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Robin Leaver, former president of the American Bach Society Artists include: Exsultemus Period Vocal Ensemble, Emmanuel Music, Cambridge Concentus, Boston Schola Cantorum, Erica Johnson, […]

Bach Birthday 329 2014,March 22, 8:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

First Lutheran Church of Boston is proud to announce the 6th annual Bach Birthday Celebration in collaboration with the Boston Chapter of the American Organists. Saturday, March 22 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Dr. Robin Leaver, former president of the American Bach Society Artists include: Exsultemus Period Vocal Ensemble, Emmanuel Music, Cambridge Concentus, Boston Schola Cantorum, Erica Johnson, […]

Canto Armonico Concert this Friday

A visit back to the 17th-century musical splendors of Salzburg is in store for Boston early music lovers when conductor Simon Carrington and Canto Armonico present Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s Vesperae Longiores ac breviores (1693), with additional material added for Advent. Brilliant and intimate music by Biber and his contemporaries, including Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, will be heard in […]

Carols fill the Back Bay! Photos Here

Upcoming: Imperial Splendor at Salzburg Cathedral: December 20, 8 p.m.

Upcoming: Imperial Splendor at Salzburg Cathedral in December Simon Carrington directs the Biber Vespers Friday, December 20th at 8 pm, First Lutheran Church Simon Carrington reprises his acclaimed 2004 performance of the Biber Vesperae Longiores ac breviores with Canto Armonico in Boston, in a new setting for the season of Advent. Evoking the baroque splendor of Salzburg Cathedral where Heinrich Biber spent […]

Balint Karosi discusses Reformation Cantatas on Issues, Etc. Radio

On October 17th, Balint Karosi was interviewed by host Rev. Todd Wilken of Issues, Etc. on the topic of the message of Bach’s reformation cantatas. This interview also served as a preview of the Bach at the Sem concert led by Balint on October 20 The link to the interview is here

An Interview With Balint Karosi

Balint Karosi interviewed by Kathy Lawton Brown of the Radio Arts Foundation Hear an interview given by Balint Karosi with the Radio Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri. Karosi gave the classical music radio station a preview of his upcoming program at Concordia Seminary’s Bach at the Sem Series along with discussions of choral-based composition, the importance of the keyboard […]

Festival Reformation Service, Sunday, October 27, 4 p.m.

One new cantata and one old one proclaim the free gift of salvation by grace alone A Festival Reformation Service on October 27 will hold the world premier of  Balint Karosi’s new cantata “Words of Beginning” based on an original text by Kai Hofmann-Krull that dedicated to  First Lutheran Church of Boston for its upcoming 175th anniversary. Hoffman-Krull’s text reflects the light […]

Festival Reformation Service, Sunday, October 27, 4 p.m.

Reformation Service, October 27 4 p.m.             Our  Festival Reformation Service on October 27 will hold the world premier of my new cantata “Words of Beginning” based on an original text by Kai Hofmann-Krull that dedicated to  First Lutheran Church of Boston for its upcoming 175th anniversary. Kai text reflects the light and dark imagery in J. […]

Sample Recording of Clavier-übung III

Dear Friends, We had an intense and very productive recording session at FLC with Canto Armonico, Ulf Wellner and Christopher Greenleaf last Sunday, September 8, 2013. We recorded over 15 chorale settings to be featured on our Clavier-übung III CD. Here is a sample recording of J. S. Bach’s “Wir Glauben all an einen Gott” chorale prelude from the Clavier-übung III […]

Words of Beginning – a new cantata for the 175th Anniversary of FLC

Reformation Service, October 27 4 p.m. October 27 is the world premier of my new cantata “Words of Beginning” based on an original text by Kai Hofmann-Krull. I am particularly excited about this work as it has been my first fruitful collaboration with a poet on a sacred text that is reflecting on Bach’s  Reformation Cantata BWV 79 . Kai’s […]

Recording projects brings Chorales and Organ Preludes together on a new CD

Dear friend of music at First Lutheran, We are fundraising for a new recording project of the Clavier-übung III by J. S. Bach with the vocal settings of the Chorales, to be published by Hungaroton, distributed by Naxos in the United States. The CD will be available both as a high quality hard copy, including a booklet with program notes, […]

Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Labor Day Concert featuring Händel’s Complete Recorder Sonatas

Join us for our 6th traditional Labor Day Concert featuring French recorder player Heloise Dégrugillier and Bálint Karosi on the harpsichord in a program of the complete recorder sonatas by G. F. Händel. These sonatas exhibit a variety of styles including fugual writing, the French style, dances and the fashionable Italianate style. Few other collections demonstrate the wit and the […]

FLC in the New York Times in relation to BEMF Organ Mini Festival

An article about the Boston Early Music Festival mentions First Lutheran Church of Boston in the New York Times: “Other concerts that deserve more than the mere mention that space allows here included a splendid account of Bach’s “Clavierübung,” Part III (21 chorale preludes wrapped in the great “St. Anne” Prelude and Fugue), on Thursday on the wonderful organ of […]

Canto Armonico Presents Vespers Service as Part of Early Music Festival

Canto Armonico presents a vespers service for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist here at 5 pm on Saturday, June 15th as a fringe event of the Boston Early Music Festival. A similar service in 2011 was very popular with the attendees, many of whom know vespers music only from the secular concert stage and were gratified to experience it in […]

A North German Organvespers for the Feast of St. John the Baptist

A North German Organvespers for the Feast of St. John the Baptist Saturday, June 15, 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15th at 5 pm, First Lutheran Church A Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Event Canto Armonico reprises its successful Organvespers from the Early Music Festival week of 2011, now in a setting for the feast of the Nativity of St. John […]

Further thoughts on Bach Around the Clock from Rice & Karosi

Two of the principal organizers of the Bach Around the Clock had a chance to reflect on last week’s events. Joyce Painter Rice and Balint Karosi have been collaborating on this event for five years running. Dear First Lutheran Friends, Thinking back a week ago to Bach Around The Clock, I want to add my thanks to the many appreciations you already have received […]

Further thoughts on Bach Around the Clock from Rice & Karosi

Two of the principal organizers of the Bach Around the Clock had a chance to reflect on last week’s events. Dear First Lutheran Friends, Thinking back a week ago to Bach Around The Clock, I want to add my thanks to the many appreciations you already have received and tell you that I found the day to be a moving, religious experience. I missed […]

Bach Birthday Thanks!

A note of thanks from First Lutheran Church to all who participated in the Bach Around the Clock on Saturday, March 16. Please join us again next year around this time. Principal organizers from First Lutheran Church,  Balint Karosi and from the Boston American Guild of Organists, Joyce Painte Rice have offered some further reflections on the day here.  Balint Karosi, […]

Bach Birthday 328 – Now with Updated Schedule and Program!

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.

Calling kids of all ages…Peep the Piper Visits Boston!

This charming, free and clever presentation has become a new tradition at First Lutheran Church where children and adults can learn about the pipe organ and it’s repertoire in a fun and accessible way.

Calling kids of all ages…Peep the Piper Visits Boston!

This charming, free and clever presentation has become a new tradition at First Lutheran Church where children and adults can learn about the pipe organ and it’s repertoire in a fun and accessible way. Peep the Piper is a  multi-media demonstration of the organ developed by Swiss organist and composer Guy Bovet which has proven to be enjoyable for anyone who loves music at any level.

Bach-Around-the-Clock Cookie Reception

Calling all bakers and music-loving cookie eaters!  There will be a cookie table in the afternoon following the German lunch at the “Bach Around the Clock” event on March 16th.  

Schola Cantorum in Action

Many thanks to the singers of the Schola Cantorum, a small ensemble which has been fortifying the 8AM worship with a wide range of vocal works, mostly of the 17th to 19th centuries. Here the singers are pictured in action from Sunday February 24th include Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, Claire Shepro (alto), Jerome Fung (tenor) William Hawley (bass). Like the First Lutheran Church choir, […]

Bach Birthday Celebration 328 – Updated Schedule and Program!

The entire program is available on demand at WGBH Classical New England.

Bach Birthday Celebration – Save the Date

The annual J.S. Bach Birthday Celebration will be back for a fifth consecutive year on Saturday March 16, 2013. In the past, this free, all day musical event has featured great organists, festive food, informative talks and children’s activities in the welcoming venue of First Lutheran Church, and this year promises to extend the great tradition in some new and exciting […]

Christmas Music from First Lutheran Online

The musicians of First Lutheran are doing their part to extend the celebration of Christ’s birth to all twelve days of Christmas and beyond! Thanks to these excellent recordings on the FLC-music website, some of the treasured songs of Christmas can be enjoyed on-demand. Enough to fill a double CD, they range from congregational singing, choral works and organ improvisations […]

Kantorei to Sing at First Lutheran Church

The Kantorei of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne will visit First Lutheran Church on January 4th, 2013 at 7:00 PM. They will sing in the context of an Epiphany choral Evening Prayer Service and all are invited to attend. The Seminary Kantorei is a 16-voice choir of students studying for the Office of the Holy Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary. […]

Handel’s Messiah Sing Along

Saturday, December 8th, 2012 8PM Messiah sing along with Peter Terrey, Elijah Hopkin and Van Binghurst. Balint Karosi will be at the organ. The audience will be invited to sing the favorite seasonal choruses from the 1st part of Handel’s Messiah. Free admission, suggested donation of $15.

Christmas Caroling in the Courtyard!

Sunday Dec 9th, 1 – 2 pm Get ready for Christmas with a carol sing-along. Song sheets and hot beverages will be provided. Families are encouraged to attend, and children will have a surprise to take home. Festivities will take place in the courtyard of First Lutheran Church of Boston, in the Back Bay. Join us for a new family tradition!

FLC Announces 2012 Advent Wednesday Organ Concerts

Wednesdays, December 5, 12, and 19, 2012 7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Dec. 5 Jonathan Wessler Dec. 12. Andrew Shenton Dec. 19 Bálint Karosi

Kantorei Epiphany Service at FLC

A 16-voice men’s choir from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana performs an Epiphany Choral Evening Prayer service at FLC on Friday, January 4, 2013 starting at 7:00 p.m. For more info Click on “Epiphany” below: Epiphany

Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2012, Sound Clips

Opening Chorus of “Ein Feste Burg” BWV 80 Bass and Soprano Duet, BWV 80/2 Paul Tipton, Bass, Audrey Fernandez Soprano Bass Recit BWV 80/3 Soprano Aria BWV 80/4 Chorale BWV 80/5 Tenpr Recit BWV 80/6 Alt-Tenor Duett with Oboe da Caccia BWV 80/7 Chorale BWV 80/8

Peter Sykes in concert on the Pedal Clavichord

Sunday, Novemeber 11 @ 3 p.m. Program Pedal Clavichord Toccata in (C) Major, BWV 566 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 Valet wir ich dir geben, BWV 736 Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721 Prelude and Fugue in d minor (“Fiddle”), BWV 539 Intermission Organ Allein Gott in die Höh sei Ehr’, BWV 717 manualiter Allein Gott […]

FLC on WGBH’s Bach Hour

Listen to the latest episode of WGBH’s Bach hour including the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552 “St. Anne” – Balint Karosi, organ (Richards, Fowkes, & Co. organ at First Lutheran Church of Boston) BWV 552b “St. Anne” by Bálint Karosi around 41′

First Sunday – FLC Choir 9-16-12

ready to sing!

FLC Labor Day Concert 2012: Wow!

Thank you to all who attended — a fine audience — an outstanding concert of historical music and original/world premiere works by Balint Karosi, MM, Minister of Music and phenomenal organist at the First Lutheran Church of Boston. Kudos also to Paul Perfetti, renowned brass artist (trumpet/flugelhorn) from Les Miserables and the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, for his […]

Review of the Labor Day Concert at the Boston Musical Intelligencer

Organ and Trumpet on Labor Day by Geoffrey Wieting The First Lutheran Church of Boston presented its Seventh Annual Labor Day Concert on September 3rd, featuring its renowned Minister of Music, Bálint Karosi, organ, and Paul Perfetti, trumpet. Karosi’s many honors include first prize at the 16th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and first prize and audience prize […]

Welcome

“Next to the Word of God music deserves the highest praise. Whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, to encourage the despairing, to humble the proud to calm the passionate, or to appease those full of hate, what more effective means than music could you find?” – Martin Luther The mission of the FLC Music Program […]

Welcome to the Music page of the First Lutheran Church of Boston

“Next to the Word of God music deserves the highest praise. Whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, to encourage the despairing, to humble the proud to calm the passionate, or to appease those full of hate, what more effective means than music could you find?” – Martin Luther The mission of the FLC Music Program […]

Recording equipment

FLC is proud to announce the installation of a new audio recording system. The equipment will be used to record services, organ and choir music in top quality audio. Hear this improvisation on “St Anne” and a given theme  on June 31, 2012: [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcEXpw8QFHs[/tube]

Labor Day Concert 2012

September 3, 7 p.m. Bálint Karosi plays J. S. Bach and Bálint Karosi with Paul Perfetti, trumpet First Lutheran’s traditional Labor Day concert will feature works by J. S. Bach and original compositions by Bálint Karosi, including two world premiere performances and a Boston premiere performance. Emmanuel Music trumpet soloist Paul Perfetti will join First Lutheran’s Minister of Music, Bálint […]

New Hymn Written for First Lutheran!

Just wanted to point out that Rev. Stephen Starke mentioned the new hymn First Lutheran commissioned him to write, “God Laid the Earth’s Foundations” over on his blog. A prolific hymnwriter, his blog is dedicated to the appreciation of hymns and especially the very strong Lutheran heritage of hymns.

Bach’s 326th Birthday Celebrated!

Johann Sebastian Bach’s 326th Birthday was a huge succes this year as well as the past two years. Over 240 people were in attendance, including families with children, and prestigious musical personalities including Dr. Christoph Wolff, professor of Musicology at Harvard University and curator of the Leipzig Bach Archives. William Porter opened the day with a tour of the newly […]

Music this Sunday: September 23, 2018

The opening hymn this Sunday is “Seek Where You May to Find a Way,” written by Georg Weissel, a 17th-century Prussian pastor. Though the hymn begins as though it advocates self-justification (“Seek where you may to find a way that leads to your salvation”), it becomes clear immediately that we are to look to Christ alone for our salvation: “My […]

Music this Sunday: October 7, 2018

This Sunday the FLC choir sings two Eucharistic motets written by Catholic composers who worked during the Reformation. The fact that the composers were members of the Roman communion does not preclude their use among Lutherans, for the texts are indeed thoroughly orthodox. Both settings are typical Renaissance motets, in which each portion of the text receives its own distinct […]

Music this Sunday: October 14, 2018

This week's incidental music is composed by Matthias Weckmann. Weckmann grew up singing for the brilliant Lutheran composer Heinrich Schütz (whose music will be featured at the upcoming Bach Vespers service on November 24), and ascended to the prestigious post of organist at the Jakobikirche in Hamburg in 1655. The organ in the Jakobikirche, built by Arp Schnitger, was one of the [...]

Music this Sunday: October 28, 2018

Reformation Day 2018 at FLC will be a feast for the ears throughout the day. The organ prelude to the Divine Services at 8am and 11am will be a chorale fantasy on the tune of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” written by the eminent Lutheran musician Michael Praetorius. Every phrase of the melody is given treated expansively in succession, [...]

Music this Sunday: November 4, 2018

This Sunday, November 4, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints (transferred from its canonical date of November 1). As has been FLC's practice on major feasts over the last few years, we will sing Divine Service 5, Martin Luther's Deutsche Messe as retained in Lutheran Service Book. The incidental music for Sunday's feast is based on the Gloria from [...]

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