September 21 Hymn Festival will begin 2008-09 Season of LSTC Chapel Music Series August 26, 2008

"All that Has Life and Breath: Singing with Creation," a hymn festival led by Daniel Schwandt, cantor to the seminary community, and the LSTC Cantorei, will kick off  the eight-concert season of  the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago's Chapel Music Series. The hymn festival begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. The concert is free. An offering will be gathered.

The fourth season of LSTC's Chapel Music Series includes works by Bach, music from north India, and a return engagement by the string ensemble, La Paloma. All concerts except Bach for the Sem will be held in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC.

World renowned organist and conductor, Thomas Wikman, will present eight free noontime concerts each first Tuesday of the month, beginning September 2, on the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC.

On October 26 at 4 p.m., Mark Bangert will lead soloists, choir, and orchestra in Bach Cantatas 36c and 51 to celebrate LSTC's new Wahl continuo organ.

Lyon Leifer and Hassan Hashim bring music from North India for flute and table to the Chapel Music Series on Sunday, November 9 at 4 p.m.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, Daniel Schwandt and Interim Dean of the Chapel, Dr. Craig A. Satterlee, will lead worshipers in welcoming Advent with a service of lessons and carols.

Mark Bangert will lead the annual Bach for the Sem benefit concert on January 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, 1500 West Belmont. Choir, soloists, and orchestra composed of Chicago area professional musicians will perform Bach's Magnificat, his orchestral Suite No. 3, and music by Mendelssohn and others. Tickets for this annual fundraiser for LSTC are available by calling 773-256-0712.

Singer Andrea Holliday joins her spouse, Thomas Wikman, for Romantic Songs for Soprano and Piano on Sunday, February 15 at 4 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel.

La Paloma, string players from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other local professional ensembles, present Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4, on Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m.

The Chapel Music Series concludes with the LSTC Gospel Choir benefit concert on Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. Keith Hampton leads the choir in an inspiring afternoon of singing. 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


Daniel Schwandt & Mark Bangert
Creative directors, Chapel Music Series
773-256-0700 ext. 799,


Jan Boden
Director of Communication and Marketing

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.

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