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Mark Bangert Recordings Heard on Bach Program Airing March 20 on Hallmark Channel

Posted Mar 14, 2005

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.


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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