This coming Sunday evening, October 30th, is the Eve of Reformation, when the Lutheran Church of Honolulu Choir and Bach Chamber Orchestra will present a concerted vespers. Most people around LCH would refer to it as Bach Vespers, even though other composers will be represented. It will be a service, in that scripture will be read, there will be prayers, a homily, and an offering taken. Yet some people will think they will have attended a concert, because of all the festive and virtuosic music that will be performed.
Here’s the list of music that will be presented:
Organ Voluntary: Prelude in C Minor, BWV 546a (J. S. Bach)
Chorale Prelude: Lobe den Herrn (Paul Manz) with Allen Bauchle, trumpet and myself on organ
Processional Hymn: Praise to the Lord (Lobe den Herrn)
Preces and Response (chant)
Psalm 116 (Peter R. Hallock)
Psalm: Die mit Tränen säen (Johann Herman Schein)
Chorale Prelude: Ein feste Burg (Johann Nikolaus Hanff)
Office Hymn: A mighty fortress (Ein feste Burg)
—rhythmic & isometric settings
Gospel Canticle: Latin Magnificat (Heinrich Schütz)
Cantata 9: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9 (J. S. Bach)
Offertory Motet: Es ist das Heil (Hugo Distler)
Chorale Prelude: Nun danket alle Gott (Georg Friedrich Kaufmann)
Retiring Procession: Now thank we all our God (Nun danket alle Gott)
Organ Voluntary: Fugue in C minor, BWV 546b (J. S. Bach)
Whew! that’s a lot of music!
Soloists will include Georgine Stark, soprano; Emily Haswell, alto; Renson Madarang, tenor; and Keane Ishii, bass.
The Bach Chamber Orchestra will include Darel Stark and Judy Barrett, violins; Steve Flanter, viola; Karen Fujimoto, cello; John Gallagher, bass; Karla Meyers, flute; Marsha Schweitzer, bassoon; Scott Janusch, oboe; and Jason Byerlotzer, Mark Miyamoto and Karl Krause on trombones. Carl Crosier will be playing harpsichord. What’s always so thrilling is to have this complement of instrumentalists accompany the hymns, in addition to the organ. Seems like the congregational singing is always hearty and spirited at these services.
Hope you can join us!