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 Magnificat from Bob Chilcott’s Salisbury Vespers.

Founded in 2009, the 24-member Charter Choir is a very new choir in the Cambridge choral scene, which stretches back over a thousand years. In the past few years it has rapidly risen in profile and now undertakes regular cathedral visits, international tours, and recordings. Their Vespers service at FLC is part of their 2016 tour to America.

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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 Italy.

Highlights will include solo cantatas by Dieterich Buxtehude and Georg Philipp Telemann, suites for traverso and cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, and a rarely-performed duet by Richard Dering. As is tradition, the Labor Day Concert will be followed by a Root Beer Float Reception hosted by the Elders, held in the courtyard of the church.

Admission is $10, and tickets will be available at the door.

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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 concerts premiering the works of four extraordinary composers from three continents. During the week of June 12-17, Antico Moderno will work closely with the four composers to enhance their knowledge of historical instruments  and performance practices and the musical/compositional possibilities. We are extremely pleased with the high level of participants this year. It is going to be a very exciting and inspiring week.

Composers for our 2016 workshop are:

Mariana Ungurenau, France/ Romania, professor at the Conservatoire de Paris

Gianluca Verlingieri, Italy

Shiuan Chang, USA/Taiwan

José Manuel Serrano, Argentina


Molly Netter – soprano

Balint Karosi – harpsichord, clavichord and organ

Heloise Degrugillier – recorders

Jesse Irons – violin

Megumi Lewis – violin

Sarah Darling – viola

Michael Unterman – cello

Samuel Suggs – bass

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Boston Bach Birthday 331 Program


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Reserve your German Lunch or Balcony Seating Here


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

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Concordia Lutheran High School Choir visits Boston

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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 like Toledo, Tonawanda NY, and just west of here in Fitchburg along with Boston of course!
Their program of sacred music will include several hymns to be sung by us all. To learn more about the group, visit their Facebook page.

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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 organ and other instruments, a children’s program plus the festive German lunch.

Tune in to this space for more details shortly.


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Minister of Music Position Overview and Application Process



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 established in 1839 in the city of Boston. Located since 1955 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, FLC consistently preaches the message of Christ crucified, risen and coming again.  FLC regularly has worship for up to 200 souls in two Sunday services and offers a complete schedule of festival services during the church year.

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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 (in German!)

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Reformation’s 500th Anniversary Through Bach

Read about our Bach Vespers on the Boston Musical Intelligencer.

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First Lutheran Church of Boston Announces Special Bach Vespers Schedule for 2015-2016 Services Mark Start to Reformation Anniversary Celebration


FLC Bach Vespers Announcement

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