A Buxtehude Bash, a Paul Gerhardt hymn festival, and an afternoon of jazz with Kurt Schweitz are just a few of the eight Sunday concerts in the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 2007-08 Chapel Music Series. All programs are open to the public and, except for Bach for the Sem, are held at the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street. Freewill offerings will be gathered at most concerts. Tickets are required where noted below.
On Tuesday, October 2, LSTC inaugurates The Manz Organ Series of lunchtime concerts (12:20 - 12:50 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month) at Augustana Chapel with organist Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen of Denmark performing. Thomas Wikman is the artistic director and the featured organist of the series. All performances are free and open to the public. Augustana Chapel 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.
LSTC's Chapel Music Series is designed to showcase the versatility of the Augustana Chapel as a performance space. Monthly concerts, from September through April, include sacred, secular, classical, and contemporary music.
The Paul Gerhardt Hymn Festival begins the season on September 30 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the famed 17th century Lutheran hymn writer in word and song, with musical leadership by LSTC Staff Musician Daniel Schwandt and commentary by Mark Bangert.
Kurt Schweitz and friends will perform Jazz at Augustana Chapel on October 28 at 4 p.m. The program features jazz infused arrangements of chant, music of Bach, and traditional hymns and new creations.
On November 11 at 4 p.m., instrumentalists, singers, and keyboardists will present works of Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707). The Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is co-sponsoring this event in honor of the 300th anniversary of Buxtehude's death.
Daniel Schwandt and the LSTC Chapel Singers lead the seminary community in Advent Lessons and Carols on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. with readings, song, and meditation on the "O Antiphons."
January 13 at 4:00 p.m., Bach for the Sem will be presented at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, 1500 West Belmont. Thomas Wikman is the guest organist and Mark Bangert will conduct choir, soloists, and orchestra composed of Chicago area professional musicians in Bach's Christmas Cantata 110, his New Year Cantata 41 and other music for the season. 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 3 at 4:00 p.m. for "Sounding the Sacred 4," with music by Bertram, Bender, Schroeder and others. Tickets are available at the door for $15.
March 16 at 4:00 p.m., La Paloma, string players from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other local professional ensembles, present Franz Schubert's Two Cello Quintet.
LSTC's Gospel Choir presents its annual benefit concert on April 20 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.
For more information about the concert schedule and to find out how to support the Chapel Music Series, visit www.lstc.edu.
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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.