Mark P. Bangert, John H. Tietjen Chair of Pastoral Ministry: Worship and Music at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, conducts the choir and orchestra heard on the award-winning program, "Glory to God Alone: The Life of J.S. Bach" to be aired Sunday, March 20 at 11 a.m. CST on the Hallmark Channel. The piece began as a MOSAIC video produced by the ELCA and expanded from 30 to 60 minutes for the Hallmark Channel's Faith and Values Network programming. Bangert used excerpts from four cantatas to represent various periods in Bach's life. The excerpts are heard throughout the video.
"It was a privilege to work with such fine musicians and to have a role in a fine, informative and exciting production," said Bangert of his work on the piece. "It was clear that everyone who participated was highly motivated." Christoph Wolff, a Bach expert from Harvard University, Robin Leaver of the Westminster College Choir and world-renowned guitarist and Bach interpreter, Christopher Parkening are also part of the program.
Mark P. Bangert serves as dean of the chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He leads a series of Bach cantatas each year at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke in Chicago and estimates that he has conduct and provided new translations and program notes for 65 of Bach's 200 sacred cantatas.
Bangert has published in the area of church music in Cross Accent, Currents in Theology and Mission and Pastoral Music. He is a member of an international study group on Bach research, the American Bach Society and the Neue Bachgesellschaft. He taught at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. and Christ Seminary-Seminex before joining the LSTC faculty in 1983. Bangert holds degrees from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.; and the University of Minnesota.