Conclude the holiday weekend with a glorious Bach Vespers, premiering Easter Sunday, April 4 at 5PM EDT. As our final virtual vespers service of Season 53, we are proud to present Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (“Christ lay in death’s bonds”), Bach’s first cantata composed for Easter. Our featured soloists include Chelsea Helm, soprano, Kate Maroney, alto, Nils Neubert, tenor, and Phillip Cheah, bass.
Immerse yourself in the grand imagery of Easter and Christ’s triumphant battle between life and death through the words and music of J.S. Bach. You'll find the link below for the Sunday evening premiere. We hope you’ll share the link with friends and family. As always, the vespers service will be available for viewing on-demand on Holy Trinity’s YouTube Channel following the premiere, or right here on Holy Trinity's website.
We at Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity truly appreciate your support during this extraordinary season of virtual vespers and we look forward to the day when we can gather in person as a community once again! All Bach Vespers services 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
|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.