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, complicated, adventurous process, and it shines new light on what it means to make music, both then and now.

Our first concert, “Reflections,” features three New England-based composers as they respond to seminal works of Bach and Vivaldi. Robert Honstein’s “Night Scenes from the Ospedale” was written to celebrate the 300th anniversary of “L’Estro Armonico” and imagines dark and dreamy nocturnal interludes to pair with the bright, active, concerti. Balint Karosi’s “Bach Studies” fall between the movements of a Bach trio sonata, creating a dialogue within the piece itself. And Daniel Schlossberg’s spectacularly creepy “Trill and Slow Gliss…” has to be heard to be believed.

Did we mention that along the way, we’ll be performing two of the most awesome Vivaldi multi-violin concertos out there?! Here’s the whole program:

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Antonio Vivaldi / Robert Honstein
L’estro Armonico Op.3 #8 /Night Scenes

J.S Bach /Balint Karosi
Trio Sonata BWV 1039 /Bach Studies

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

Antonio Vivaldi /Robert Honstein
L’estro Armonico Op.3 #10 /Night Scenes

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Our opening concert is FREE! Because we love you.

In fact, we love you this much: EVERYONE who comes to this inaugural concert of ours is automatically in the Antico Moderno “Debut club” for life.

What does that mean? It could mean everything from access to exclusive downloads to rehearsal invites to comps for future shows – for you or your friends – or post-concert shindigs. It means you were right there with us when we started, and we enjoy your scintillating company.

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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

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Reformation Service Sunday, October 26, 4 p.m.

G. F. Handel: “The Lord is My Light” (from Chandos Anthems)
The FLC Choir and Chorale Fellows.
Steven Sanghyun, tenor Clara Reitz, soprano, Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, soprano
Abigail Karr, Nina Bishop, baroque violins
Cora Swenson, baroque cello
Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord
Balint Karosi, conductor
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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.


$20 for adults

$10 for students

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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 Gottfried Müthel:                               Fantasie in F-Dur

(1728 – 1788)

Philipp Christ                                                           Glocken


Georg Böhm                                                              Vater unser im Himmelreich

(1661 – 1733)

                                                            Partita: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele

Johann Sebastian Bach                                                      Praeludium und Fuge

E-Dur (in C) BWV 566

Philipp Christ (*1979 in Wiesbaden) studied piano, churchmusic and organ at the Musikhochschule Lübeck 2000 – 2008 with Prof. Hartmut Rohmeyer and Prof. Arvid Gast.

In 2003 he studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Prof. Jacques van Oortmerssen.

In 2011 he finished his organ studies with Prof. Wolfgang Zerer in Hamburg with highest degree .

He participated in numerous masterclasses with Harald Vogel, Edoardo Bellotti, Michael Radulescu, Ton Koopman, Naji Hakim and Bill Porter among others.

In 2006 he won the 1st price at Orgelconcours Leiden (NL), in 2007 Förderpreis Buxtehude Wettbewerb Lübeck and 3rd price Organcompetition Kazan.

2007 – 2009 he was assistant-organist at the three historic organs of St. Jakobi Lübeck.

Since 2010 he is organist at Hauptkirche and Kreuzkirche Suhl (Eilert-Köhler-Orgel 1738 -1740)

In 2012  he recorded  a CD with “Bach & Böhm” at Eilert-Köhler-Orgel, Suhl. 2014 Philipp will play recitals at historic organs in Thüringen, in the USA and Japan.

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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.

Bach Back Bay Birthday 2014 v3 final no bleed

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, Peter Krasinski, Wyatt Smith, Heinrich Christensen, László Fassang, Bálint Karosi and members of the Harvard Organ Society.

Reserve your seats and lunch tickets here!

Essential Information

Admission to all concerts and events is free all day, though a donation is requested. More information is available at A German lunch will be served ($15/person; reservations are encouraged). Balcony seating for patrons is available ($30). To make balcony and/or lunch reservations visit Contact:  and 617-536-8851.

Parking: Boston Common Garage (flat rate $12 Saturday).
Public Transit: Green Line to Arlington or Orange Line to Back Bay.

Full directions here;

Full Program and Schedule

8:00 Members of the Harvard Organ Society
Organ Recital

9:00 Erica Johnson, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Walpole

9:45 Peter Krasinski, organ, specialist in the art of live silent film accompaniment
“Bach meets Buster, A Silent film Star”

10:30 Dr. Robin Leaver, former President, American Bach Society & Brian McCreath, host, The Bach Hour, 99.5 WCRB
A Bach Conversation

11:15 First Lutheran Church Choir, Soloists & Orchestra; László Fassang, organ; Bálint Karosi, conductor
Cantata “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir”, BWV 29

12:00 Heinrich Christensen, King’s Chapel, Boston
Goldberg VariationS, BWV 988

1:10 Schola Cantorum of Boston, Frederick Jodry, director, Brown University
Motet “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied”, BWV 225

2:05 Wyatt Smith, Yale University

2:50 Cambridge Concentus: Marika Holmqvist, violin, & Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord
Sonata in A Major, BWV 1015; Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021

3:30 Exsultemus, Shannon Canavin, Artistic Director
Motets of Bach’s student Gottfried August Homilius

4:10 Bálint Karosi, First Lutheran Church and Yale University

5:10 Danielle Maddon, Emmanuel Music
E Major Partita for solo violin, BWV 1006

5:40 László Fassang, Franz Liszt Academy & Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris




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Merry Christmas

Special Christmas Offering

Gibbons: Magnificat 

O Come+ In Dulci Jubilo 

Hymn: Es Ist Ein Rose 

J. S. Bach: Canonic Variations-I:

J. S. Bach: Canonic Variations-II: 

(Repost from 2012)

Rosie Goumas, piano; Audrey Fernandez-Fraser voice; Balint Karosi, clarinet

O Come All Ye Faithful

Away in a Manger

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

O Little Town of Bethlehem Aria from Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio

What Child is This Hark the Herald Angels Sing Oh Holy Night Lo How the Rose are blooming

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

Upcoming: Imperial Splendor at Salzburg Cathedral in December

Salzburg Cathedral in the 1700s

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 much of his career, the music features elaborate and virtuosic solos for voices and strings by Biber and his contemporaries, including the talented Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I.

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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. S. Bach’s great Reformation cantata BWV 79 “Gott, der Herr ist Sonn und Schild” and is expanded to a narrative on Genesis the star of Bethlehem and Luther’s enlightenment.

Full Cantata TextWords of Beginning-text

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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 with the sung chorale at the end. Please consider making a donation or pre-order the CD by returning the CD sales sheet. Thank you!

Wir Glauben-with chorale

CD sales sheet

Ulf Wellner guest conductor at the listening:

Ulf Wellner listening to some takes

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