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

clhs choir
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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Sept. 7 Labor Day Concert: Italian Wind Music from the 16-17th Centuries

Italian music for Cornetto and Recorder

Labor Day, September 7, 7:30 p.m.

First Lutheran Church of Boston


  • Nathaniel Cox, Cornetto
  • Heloise Degrugillier, recorder
  • Jacques Lee Wood, cello,
  • Bálint Karosi, harpsichord and organ

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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 of early music. Through a wide array of acclaimed performances, exciting and educational events, and Grammy-nominated opera recordings, BEMF has earned its place as North America’s premier presenting organization for conservators and performers of music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods and has secured Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe).

One of the most important features of each Festival is the remarkable array of Fringe Concerts—performances by nearly 100 soloists and ensembles from New England, North America, and Europe—that ilumine the the wonderful music and musicians of the Early Music field. The 2015 lineup will include concerts by Chatham Baroque, New York Continuo Collective, Pegasus Early Music with NYS Baroque, HESPERUS, and Musical Offering, to name but a few.

2015 BEMF Schedule at First Lutheran Church of Boston:


3pm Antico Moderno (Balint Karosi and Jacques Lee Wood, artistic co-directors)

New compositions by the winners of Antico Moderno’s first composers’ workshop. The Antico Moderno 2015 Composers Workshop offeres composers a chance to work closely with a professional period chamber ensemble so that they may enhance their knowledge of historical instruments  and performance practices and the musical/compositional possibilities these offer. Selected composers will have their works performed in this concert premiering the new works. FREE


4:30pm Infusion Baroque (Alexa Raine-Wright, Baroque flute & recorder; Sallynee Amawat, Baroque violin; Camille Paquette-Roy, Baroque violoncello; Rona Nadler, harpsichord). “Who Killed Leclair?” At six o’clock on the morning of October 24, 1764, the violin virtuoso and composer Jean-Marie Leclair was found stabbed to death in the entryway of his home in a suburb of Paris. No one was ever charged with his murder, and the mystery remains unsolved to this day. Infusion Baroque presents a dramatized telling of this intriguing story, alongside performances of chamber works by the great composer and hiscontemporaries. First Lutheran Church. $20 (discounts may apply).

6:30pm Friends of Tom Zajac (Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, Dünya, Boston Camerata, Piffaro, Blue Heron, Renaissonics, and others). Battaglia d’Amor: A Benefit Concert for Tom Zajac. Performers from Boston’s Early Music Scene present a gala concert to benefit Tom Zajac as he recovers from surgery. All proceeds will go directly to Tom. Please see the Artist Directory for the full list of ensembles. First Lutheran Church. $20 suggested donation.


10am Bálint Karosi, organ & harpsichord. J. S. Bach: The Art of Fugue. Bálint Karosi, First Prize winner of the 2008 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, performs the entire Art of Fugue. All proceeds go to the family of Rev. Ingo Dutzmann, who recently lost their home in a fire. First Lutheran Church. $20 suggested donation.




Among America’s most esteemed organists, William Porter has been a featured performer at each BEMF Organ Mini-Festival since its inception in 2003, and he has served as its director since 2009. In addition to continuing an active performing schedule, he has taught at Oberlin, Yale, and New England Conservatory, and is presently on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and McGill University.


The only musician ever to win all major prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival competition, organist David Yearsley is also an acclaimed musicologist and author praised for both his engaging communicative skills and his impeccable scholarship. He is a Professor of Music at Cornell University.


Hailed for his “perfect combination of technical virtuosity and intense musicianship” by Gramophone, organist John Scott has performed on five continents and alongside some of the most prestigious artists and ensembles. He is the Organist and Director of Music at New York City’s St. Thomas Church after serving in the same role for twenty-four years at London’s St. Paul Cathedral.

10am RUMBARROCO/La Donna Musicale. Latin Baroque Fusion. Haunting melodies from Spain, featuring a unique blend of Spanish, Jewish, and Arabic culture, spiced up with exuberant Latin American rhythms, and with a detour to Russian favorites, jazz, and women composers. Music by Narvaez, Pisador, Ortiz, Fernadez, Modesta Bor, and others. First Lutheran Church. $15 (discounts may apply).

2pm Antico Moderno (Balint Karosi and Jacques Lee Wood, artistic co-directors). Reflections. In line with the group’s mission, “Reflections” features three New England–based composers as they respond to seminal works of Bach and Vivaldi. Robert Honstein’s Night Scenes from Ospedale was written to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Vivaldi’s 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. First Lutheran Church. $15.

3:30pm Ensemble Musica Humana (Corinne Byrne, soprano; Lidia Chang, flute; Andrew Kozar, trumpet; Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord). Of Love/Of War. Ensemble Musica Humana presents a program of Alessandro Scarlatti, Melani, Handel, and Purcell, featuring vocal and instrumental repertoire on themes of “war” and “peace.” The trumpet and flute provide perfect duet partners to the voice, while contrasting with each other in timbre and connotation. These uniquely orchestrated musical selections will illustrate the duality between the two reigning Baroque aesthetics: Love and War. First Lutheran Church. $15 (discounts may apply).


12 noon Convivium Musicum. Sweelinck. Program features the music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, the most famous Dutch composer of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. First Lutheran Church. $10 suggested donation. 617-320-7445; ruthiegm [at] gmail [dot] com;

5pm Canto Armonico, directed by Dr. Ulf Wellner. Festive Vespers for Trinity from Lübeck’s Marienkirche, ca. 1660. A vespers service as it might have been performed in the Marienkirche under the direction of Franz Tunder, with music by Monteverdi’s successor at San Marco, Giovanni Rovetta, and his circle. All music from the Marienkirche’s choir library has been prepared by musicologist Kerala Snyder. First Lutheran Church. FREE (donations gratefully accepted).

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Preliminary 2015 Fringe Concert Schedule: updated May 22, 2015


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