The Murasaki Duo kicks off the second season of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Chapel Music Series on Sunday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m. with works by Beethoven, Brahms, Owen, and Rossini. Eric Kutz on cello and Miko Kominami are faculty members at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Admission is free, and a freewill offering will be gathered.
The series, showcasing the versatility of the Augustana Chapel as a performance space, features one program each month from September through April, including sacred, secular, classical, and contemporary music. Augustana Chapel at 1100 East 55th Street, is home to the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ, built by the M. L. Bigelow Company and is the first organ from this firm installed in Chicago. All programs are open to the public; freewill offerings will be gathered at most events. Tickets are required where noted.
October 20 at 7:30 p.m., Sollender Pigekor, a Danish Girls Choir, perform sacred and secular works from Danish traditions.
November 11 at 4:00 p.m., Daniel Schwandt, LSTC staff musician, will lead a hymn festival to conclude an all-day workshop introducing Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the new worship resource published for congregational use by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
LSTC's annual Advent Lessons and Carols takes place December 3 at 6:30 p.m. featuring readings, carols, and choral presentations by LSTC's Chapel Singers.
January 14 at 4:00 p.m., Bach for the Sem will be presented at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, 1500 West Belmont. Mark Bangert conducts choir, soloists, and orchestra composed of Chicago area professional musicians in works by Buxtehude, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Bach. Tickets for this annual fundraiser for LSTC are available by calling 773-256-0712.
CUBE, Chicago's acclaimed Contemporary Music Ensemble, returns to the Augustana Chapel at LSTC on February 18 at 4:00 p.m. for "Sounding the Sacred 3," a program of contemporary compositions with sacred themes. Tickets are available at the door for $15.
March 11 at 4:00 p.m., Larry Long, former LSTC staff musician, returns to LSTC to demonstrate the versatility of the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ, which he helped design.
LSTC's Gospel Choir presents its annual benefit concert on April 22 at 4:00 p.m. Led by Keith Hampton, the choir will inspire with moving interpretations of new and well-loved gospel music. Concert proceeds benefit the Grover Wright and Rev. Carole A. Burns Scholarship Funds. Tickets available at the door.
For more information about the concert schedule and to find out how to support the Chapel Music Series, visit www.lstc.edu.
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.