Join us in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary Season of Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity!
In 1868, a visionary group of German Lutherans made the difficult decision to break from their home parish and form a new faith community, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. This parish was to be rooted in orthodox Lutheran theology and liturgical practices, and — as a sign of being radically welcoming — use English, not German, as the language of the people. Thus in 1968, building on this rich, visionary tradition and in celebration of Holy Trinity’s centennial anniversary, then Director of Music John Weaver began a Sunday evening concert series that would forever change the musical landscape of New York City.
For 50 years, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity has been home to a living musical and liturgical tradition. Bach Vespers is home to the finest musicians that specialize in historical performance practices and fosters community amongst a unique cross section of New York’s society. Lifelong Lutherans and those who have no religious affiliation sit side by side with Bach aficionados and those who are hearing a cantata for the first time. Bach Vespers is a place where music that is centuries old sounds fresh and even startling to our modern ears, and where people from all walks of life are refreshed and nourished through the transformative experience that takes places every Sunday at 5:00pm on the corner of Central Park West and 65th Street in the city of New York.
This 50th anniversary season has been carefully crafted to offer “Bach’s greatest hits” with beloved musical treats week after week and culminating with Bach’s B minor Mass in April. The season springs to life with a gala event: the release of a new recording by the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity and ACRONYM, The Jubilus Bernhardi Collection. This monumental work consists of 24 cantatas by Samuel Capricornus, a 17th century Lutheran composer from Stuttgart. We invite you to join us for this special release in October!
I hope you’ll make Bach Vespers a regular part of your Sunday routine, attend one of the many featured chamber music concerts, and join us in the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bach Vespers and the 150th anniversary of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity!
Donald R. Meineke, Cantor
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity