My shuttle to Logan airport came 15 minutes early so in my haste to pick up my luggage, I left my fleece jacket at Edith Ho’s. In the lost and found department I have been hopeless on this trip. After leaving my glasses in the Newark Airport last week, I was overjoyed to have a new pair ready and waiting for me when I called the Boston LensCrafters store an hour later.
Alas, I lost the new pair just two days later, and after retracing my steps, I gave up and just ordered another pair (ouch! No fun starting your vacation $600 in the hole! )
We went back to First Church for another concert, and Lo and behold, there were there was the first pair in the lost and found! I subsequently lost the hardcover case and ended up buying a new one! Plus I left my fleece jacket at Edith Ho’s house!
After a two hour wait at Logan, I then had a three hour layover in Newark before joining up with the rest of the tour group from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Of course I didn’t sleep a wink before we landed in Berlin, only to get onto a two-hour bus ride to Leipzig.
Now we are finally here, and as some of our tour members said when they introduced themselves at dinner tonight, it is a destination every Bach lover wants to put on the bucket list, the church where Bach spent 27 years of his career.
We attended the 3:00 pm Motette, which included Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue, Schütz “Ich danke dem Herrn Von ganzem Herzen”, Bach motet no. 1, Singet dem Herrn, Brahms “Schaffer in Mir, Gott”, a hymn, sermon, and Cantata 124, “Ein ungefârbt Gemüte,” performed by Amici Musicae Chor & Orchester Leipzig.
Guess who we saw at St. Thomas?! Bruce Bengtson! (Bruce is the organist/director of Luther Memorial Church in Madison, WI whose Alleluia settings were sung at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu)