Mark P. Bangert, who holds the John H. Tietjen Chair of Theology:Worship and Music at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will lead a series of Bach Cantatas at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke in Chicago. The cantatas are presented in the context of worship, as Bach intended, and are appropriate to the church year.
The cantatas in the 2004-05 series emphasize Bach's use of hymns. On Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m., BWV 133, Ich freue mich in dir, "I have joy in you" will be performed by chorus, soloists and instrumentalists. Was willst du dich bertruben, "Why do you distress yourself?", BWV 107, will be performed on Sunday, March 6, 2005. The final cantata in the series, BWV 11, Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, "Praise God in God's Realm," (Ascension Oratorio), will be performed during 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, May 15, 2005.
Bangert is the author of commissioned translations of each cantata and written commentary included in each program to assist the hearing of word-tone relationships and a greater understanding of the musical devices Bach employs. Performances are free and wheelchair accessible.
Mark P. Bangert serves as dean of the chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He 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.