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

Antico Moderno Flyer APR 2015 FINAL BORDERS-2 copyBoston, 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 Karosi, Ian Gottlieb, and Robert Honstein.  Countertenor, Daniel Moody is their featured guest artist.

7pm Pre-concert talk and open Q & A with composers and musicians.

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Founded in 2014, the Boston-based 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. They 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.  Currently the ensemble-in-residence at First Lutheran Church in Boston, Antico Moderno has been visiting artists at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Yale School of Music.


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 church traditions, composers continue to mine the past for revelation relevant today, a sort of resurrection that reveals the Old Made New.

– Naxos Music Library, April 1, 2015


Antico Moderno’s mission is to promote new music for period instruments, encouraging composers to rethink centuries-old forms, musical, literary and philosophical ideas, and make them relevant to today’s audiences. Our next concert program “La Divisione” on May 15, at First Lutheran Church explores the meaning of division, in music, philosophy, theology and literature in works by old composers such as Biber, Corelli, Melchior Hoffmann, and contemporary works by Catherine Balch, Bálint Karosi, Ian Gottlieb and Robert Honstein.


Our human existence is mostly spent as a constant preparation for the future, using experiences, memories and influences from our past. It is indeed hard to grasp and comprehend the present, a sort of short-term past of few seconds, which is not yet thwarted by our faulty memories. We occupy most of our time to prepare for our future, often ignoring the present, as if we were preparing for eternal existence. Yet, we all know that our existence will eventually come to an end. Religion, spirituality, art, music and philosophy have all struggled with these questions for centuries.

“La divisione” features works that explore divisions of past and present, the memories and facts, life and death in a program that explore different aspects of these questions with works spanning from the 11th to the 21st centuries.

7 p.m. Pre-concert talk and open Q & A with composers and musicians.

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Bach Birthday 330 Pictures and Audio Files

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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 … Continue reading

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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 open to the public. Please join us on Saturday, 3/21, at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St., in Back Bay. You may attend any or all of the concerts, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Use Eventbrite to purchase tickets to the annual Bach Birthday German Lunch, served by First Lutheran and for prime seating in the balcony. This day of free concerts is entirely funded by donations, so your contributions for BBB330 expenses are truly welcomed.

Arguably the greatest composer this world has known (New York Times, 2011), Bach’s fame during his lifetime was primarily as an organist. Too, he was admirably proficient on violin and surely on other string and wind instruments. Boston Bach Birthday 330 presents music for these solo instruments: organ, violin, cello, harpsichord, and also a flute and harpsichord duo and a recorder trio. The organ recitalists—they hail from Hungary, Germany, Russia and the US—will perform on the Richards & Fowkes Op. 10 Baroque-style pipe organ, modeled after instruments from Bach’s time period.

In the 8-plus hours of concerts, our BBB330 musicians will treat listeners to the beyond-time realm of hearing Bach’s music today and, simultaneously, to inspiring wonderment at Bach’s compositional feats three centuries ago.

The opening event at 9:00 a.m. is Peep the Piper, especially for children. This story with musical accompaniment was written to introduce children to the wonderful, varied sounds of the pipe organ. The schedule of concerts and detailed programs may be found here. A flyer for BBB330 is available here. BBB330 is sponsored jointly by the Boston Chapter, American Guild of Organists and the First Lutheran Church of Boston, with thanks to WCRB Classical Music/99.5.

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Boston Bach Birthday 330 Program Listing

Boston Bach Birthday 2015 v4 final crop

March 21, 2015, 9 AM – 6:30 PM


Premium balcony seats, lunch tickets and online donations can be purchased at:


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 ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”, BWV 639 from Orgelbüchlein
    • Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (“St. Anne”) BWV 552

10:25  Kate Arndt, violin (New England Conservatory)

    • Violin Sonata No. 2 in a, BWV 1003

10:50 Hymn Sing with Arvid Gast, organ (St. Jakobi & Hochschule für Musik, Lübeck)

11:10  First Lutheran Church Choir, soloists & orchestra; Bálint Karosi, conductor

    • Cantata BWV 214 Tönet, Ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!

Introduction by Brian McCreath, host, “The Bach Hour”, WCRB Classical Music/99.5

12:45  Stephan Griffin, organ (Boston University)

    • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 Leipzig Chorale
    • Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655 Leipzig Chorale
    • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 Leipzig Chorale
    • An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 Leipzig Chorale
    • Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547

1:35  Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord, & Héloïse Degrugillier, flute

    • Flute Sonata in e, BWV 1034
    • French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816

2:25  Bálint Karosi, organ (First Lutheran Church and Yale University)

    • The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

3:35  Recorder Ensemble (Héloïse Degrugillier, Emily O’Brien, Roy Sansom) recorders

    • Trio Sonata No. 3  BWV 527

3:50  Allison Drenkow, cello (New England Conservatory)

    • Cello Suite No. 2 in d, BWV 1008

4:20  Hymn Sing with Bálint Karosi, organ (First Lutheran Church and Yale University)

4:35  Katelyn Emerson, organ (Oberlin College and Conservatory)

    • Concerto in a, RV 522, BWV 593
    • Trio Sonata V in C, BWV 529
    • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, a 2 claviers et pedale, BWV 659 Leipzig Chorale
    • Trio super: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, a due bassi e canto fermo, BWV 660 Leipzig Chorale
    • Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541

5:30  Arvid Gast, organ (St. Jakobi & Hochschule für Musik, Lübeck)

    • Trio Sonata VI in G, BWV 530
    • Prelude and Fugue in e, BWV 548
    • Partita “Was soll ich Sünder machen”, BWV 770
    • Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564

8:00  At Emmanuel Church: Emmanuel Music, Ryan Turner, Artistic Director

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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 well known to two members of the congregation, Balint Karosi and Cheryl Ryder. In 2008 he was a member of the jury during the three individual elimination events of the Leipzig Bach organ competition, hearing as many as 25 young organists play the same music over the course of each round, and of course preferring Balint Karosi all the way to first place! Some years earlier as a graduate student, he too played in the Bach competition.

Arvid Gast is director of the church music institute and principal teacher of organ at the conservatory in Lübeck up in north central Germany. He also serves as Titular Organist at Lübeck’s St. Jakobi, where he has oversight of four historic organs. These include two instruments dating from the 1600s. During a typical year there are over 100 concerts on these organs, given by visitors from all over the world, students from the conservatory, and church staff. Every three years, Professor Gast convenes the jury for the International Dieterich Buxtehude Organ Competition, which he founded in 2007. He was also Titular Organist at the concert hall “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” in Magdeburg from 2008 to 2014.

Arvid Gast concertizes, leads masterclasses, and chairs or serves on the juries for many international organ competitions in Germany and beyond, with notable engagements in Europe, Russia and the Far East. With trumpeter Joachim Pliquett, he performs regularly in concert with the renowned Windsbacher Boys Choir. Music of Bach and of the north German baroque and German Romantic periods are his specialties, as is evident from his numerous CD recordings.

Raised in Bremen, Arvid Gast studied organ performance and church music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. From 1990 to 1993 he held the position of organist and choirmaster at St. Nikolai Church in Flensburg. Appointed Professor of Organ Performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” and University Organist in Leipzig in 1993, he remained there until 2004 when he moved to Lübeck. His four teenaged children and wife are all musicians, and among his former students at the Leipzig conservatory is Canto Armonico’s frequent director Ulf Wellner, a regular visitor to First Lutheran since 2011.

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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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