Lenten Concerts 2021:  Sundays at 5pm, February 21 - March 21

We are pleased to announce our Lenten Concert artists.  Each week you may return to this webpage, or to our YouTube channel, for Sunday evening peace and ravishing musical beauty during the contemplative season of Lent.

February 21:  Concert organist Janet Yieh, Associate Organist, Trinity Church Wall Street NYC 

February 28:  House of Time, New York City's Period Instrument Chamber Ensemble

March 7:  Tenor Brian Giebler (2021 Grammy nominee), accompanied by harpist Parker Ramsay  

March 14:  Concert and recording organist Gwendolyn Toth, Director of ARTEK, NYC

March 21:  Concert and recording organist Diane Meredith Belcher, Director of Music at Holy Trinity NYC

In 1968, as Holy Trinity Lutheran Church marked its 100th birthday, it set out to celebrate its history and the rich tradition of music in the Lutheran Church. Drawing from the high level of music performance in the City of New York, “Evenings with Johann S” was established, based on the ancient Christian service of Vespers. It was the first music series in the Western Hemisphere to present the cantatas of the great Lutheran composer Johann Sebastian Bach within a liturgical context.

52 years, hundreds of performances and two Grammy nominations later, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity continues to present Bach’s cantatas and other great Baroque and early music masterworks every Sunday evening from October to May.

The Bach Choir and Players (on period instruments) are composed of some of the finest early musicians in the nation. As part of an ongoing commitment to developing baroque and early music in the city of New York, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity and its parent organization Holy Trinity Lutheran Church host concerts by several of New York-based early music ensembles including House of Time, and have maintained a close partnership with the Historical Performance department at the Juilliard School.

Beginning in 2020, noted organist, conductor and early music scholar Diane Meredith Belcher has been appointed as Director of Music.

All Bach Vespers programs are free, open to the public and made possible through individual and foundational support as well as a freewill offering. To donate to Bach Vespers in any amount, click here:  tinyurl.com/givebach


Watch past Virtual Vespers here:
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church mourns the death of John Borland Weaver (1937-2021), who as Organist/ Choir Director here from 1959 to 1970 founded our Bach Vespers series together with his wife, flautist Marianne Gruhn Weaver.  We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his wife Marianne, daughter Kirianne, grandchildren, and brother Bob.  
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him.