First Lutheran Church
We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in the New England District.
299 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Music at FLC
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
Monday, September 1, 7:00 p.m.
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
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
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Abraham van den Kerckhoven: Fantasie in d
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Johann Gottfried Müthel:
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Johann Sebastian Bach
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.
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, Peter Krasinski, Wyatt Smith, Heinrich Christensen, László Fassang, Bálint Karosi and members of the Harvard Organ Society.
Reserve your seats and lunch tickets here!
Admission to all concerts and events is free all day, though a donation is requested. More information is available at http://www.flc-bostonmusic.org/worship-music 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 https://bach-birthday-2014.eventbrite.com 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
9:00 Erica Johnson, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Walpole
TOCCATA, ADAGIO & FUGUE IN C MAJOR, BWV 564; LEIPZIG CHORALES
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
TOCCATA IN F, BWV 540; SIX SCHÜBLER CHORALES, BWV 645-650
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
FANTASY & FUGUE IN G MINOR, BWV 542 PASSACAGLIA IN C MINOR, BWV 582 CANONIC VARIATIONS BWV 769
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
PRELUDE AND FUGUE IN E-FLAT MAJOR PRO ORGANO PLENO, BWV 552
Special Christmas Offering
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
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 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.
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
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!
Ulf Wellner guest conductor at the listening:
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 text reflects the light and dark imagery found in the Bach cantata text and is expanded to a narrative on Genesis. It is a text of particular beauty and I am very excited to set it to beautiful music.
Full Cantata TextWords of Beginning-text
Bach composed Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild in Leipzig for a performance on Reformation Day in 1725. This cantata has a striking timpani part that suggests its common interpretation as the hammering of Luther’s ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg cathedral. The text, written by an unknown poet, uses a powerful light-dark imagery that is perhaps a poetic allusion to the Lutheran distinction between Law (the commandments) and Gospel (God’s forgiveness through Jesus’s blood). This duality is echoed in clever compositional devices and in Bach’s colorful orchestration throughout the cantata. This includes the opposition of high, but dark-colored natural horn parts (replaced by trumpets in today’s performance) and the low, bright timpani rolls.
The text of the opening chorus (dictum) is a theological statement later referred to in the subsequent recitatives and arias. The words describing God’s protecting power, “God the Lord is our sun and Shield,” accompanied by brass and timpani, are followed by “The Lord gives mercy and honor” with a softer, more lyrical section accompanied by the strings. The opening chorus, with its light-dark imagery, its colorful instrumentation and opposing sections forecasts contrast as the main rhetorical device of the cantata.
The subsequent alto aria restates the words of the opening chorus and expands them emphasizing a militaristic overtone, evocative of Luther’s A Mighty Fortress is our God. In the third movement, the powerful music of the opening chorus accompanies the Chorale Now Thank We All our God in a rhetorical contrast between thanksgiving peace (chorale) and of God’s supreme, military power (orchestral accompaniment). The subsequent recitative prays for redeeming faith for the enemy, with a desire to share the message with all people, so that they also confess Jesus Christ as their savior. In the 5th movement, the soprano and bass, in their duet, confess our weakness without God’s help, using an unusually large gap between the two vocal ranges as if to emphasizes the opposition of light and darkness, or weakness and power. It is interesting that Jesus’s name is mentioned only at the very end of the final chorale. It is perhaps the climax of opposing forces that only intersect and reconcile in the name of Jesus Christ, the last word of the cantata.
Copyright by Bálint Karosi
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, the German texts and English translations of the chorales, and a digital version available online at the Naxos Library, iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby and more. All future CD sales and royalties from online sales support the music program at First Lutheran Church of Boston. My goal is to release the CDs by February 16, 2014 to coincide with the 175th anniversary of First Lutheran Church of Boston.
Sometimes referred to as the “Lutheran Organ Mass,” the Clavier-übung III is considered J. S. Bach’s single most important corpus of solo organ music including the great Eb Major Prelude and Fugue and some of the most elaborate and artistically challenging chorale preludes in the entire organ repertoire. My motivation to record this monumental organ collection with the vocal settings of chorales stems from my desire to present the organ preludes in the liturgical context Bach might have experienced as a student. Also, this release will be the only recording on the market that features both the organ preludes and the sung chorales on which they are based.
This CD recording will have special relevance for Boston music lovers because 1) it is recorded on the Richards & Fowkes Opus X instrument in Boston, one of the most authentic organs for Bach in the USA, 2) the recording will be a first featuring the a cappella versions of the chorales by the composers whose choral settings most influenced the young Bach: Michael Praetorius, Samuel Scheidt, and Johann Hermann Schein and 3) it will commemorate the 175th anniversary of Boston’s oldest continuous German Lutheran congregation.
I have already started recording the organ chorales on the Richards & Fowkes instrument in Boston this August and FLC’s own Artist-in-Residence choral group Canto Armonico has recorded the chorales on September 7th and 8th under the direction of Ulf Wellner, Kantor of the St. Jakobi church in Lübeck.
I thank you for any contribution you are able to give us. In addition to tax credit, you will receive the following rewards:
For a contribution of $250 and up you will receive 5 hard copies of the double CDs ($150 worth of retail value).
For a contribution of $500 and up you will receive 10 hard copies of the double CDs ($300 worth of retail value).
For a contribution of $1000 and up you will receive 20 hard copies of the double CDs ($600 worth of retail value) and be listed as a contributor on the CD with an invitation to the CD release party.
For a contribution of $2000 and up you will receive 40 hard copies of the double CDs ($1200 worth of retail value), be listed as a contributor on the CD with an invitation to the CD release party.
Where your money is going:
To a $3,000 flat fee for mixing and editing the final master (to recording engineer Jamie Tag).
To a $475 fee for the September recording session (to Christopher Greenleaf).
To a $ 1,000 budget for artwork and booklet design including program notes (TBA)
To cover the $ 2,000 publication, post-production and marketing costs (to Hungaroton).
To support the music program at First Lutheran Church of Boston, who will collect royalties from all future CD sales. My total fundraising goal by October 1, 2013 is $6,500
Please make checks payable to First Lutheran Church of Boston returning this form: CD sales sheet
I thank you for your support of great music at First Lutheran Church of Boston and beyond.