Lutheran Worship featuring Bach's Cantata BWV 80
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
A Weekend of Opera and Song, Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach
Two Welcome Spring Events at Shepherd of the Bay
On Memorial Day weekend, after yearning for a long-awaited Spring, Shepherd of the Bay will open its doors and welcome four returning singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago to the shores of Northern Door. Soprano Desirée Hassler, mezzo soprano Pamela Williams, tenor John Concepcion and baritone Michael Cavalieri will offer two musical events on their Chicago on Tour migration from Chicago to our Door County community. On Saturday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m., our four visiting singers will join pianist Judith Jackson in an entertaining evening of opera and song, drawing music from the Italian masterpieces of La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly and Nabucco.
There will be some Liebeslieder Waltzes of Johannes Brahms sung by the quartet of singer-songbirds before turning back to operatic gems from Tales of Hoffmann, Werther and Carmen.
We will enjoy the presence of eight little special guests (last year there were seven, with one waiting to join the troop), who will join our featured singers in a scene from The Sound of Music. American music will be well represented in this engaging program, with Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise and Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun In the House being among my favorites! Four songs from The Secret Garden will complete the evening of Opera and Song, an evening that will satisfy the artistic senses and tickle your funny bone. What a pleasure it will be to hear these four talented singers in concert on Shepherd of the Bay’s sanctuary stage. The only price of admission is the generous freewill offering you will certainly be inspired to give after hearing such a beautiful evening of singing! In the best of all Lutheran traditions, there will be a lovely reception after the musical event, at which time you will be able to engage our visiting singers in lively conversation. Please join your friends and neighbors for this concert of opera and song. Plan to stay for the after-glow of fellowship.
The next morning, May 24th at 9:00 a.m., our four Chicago soloists will join members of the Kleinen Chor (Little Choir), Bach Orchestra, organist Greg Beem, conductor Judith Jackson and Pastor Bruce Foster in celebrating a true gem in the Lutheran Church, a partnership of Martin Luther’s music and words in the masterful compositional hands of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach wrote Cantata BWV 80 “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God) in Leipzig, Germany in 1730 for Reformation Day in the German Lutheran Church. Bach drew from Martin Luther’s theology and added his unique gifts of musical mastery in producing this most powerful testament of music and faith. Each of the vocal soloists are featured in this very special cantata , either as single singers or in duet. The Kleinen Chor begins this work with a magnificent motet-chorus, possibly one of Bach’s very best! The choir then has two other important moments in this eight-part cantata, a unison chorale and a traditional four-voice chorale which ends the cantata. Accompanying all the vocal forces is the mighty Bach Orchestra, this year comprised of four strings, organ continuo and three oboes! It should be a magnificent sound. As ever, we will use the music from this cantata as the bedrock of our worship service, rather than presenting the music as a performance. Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas for weekly worship in the Lutheran Church and we at Shepherd of the Bay will continue to honor that early tradition. Please plan to join us for this exciting and meaningful Sunday worship service at Shepherd of the Bay, where the Music meets the Word in a dynamic Lutheran expression of Worship.
Both events take place at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, which is located at 11836 Highway 42 in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. For further information, call the church office at (920) 854-2988 or check the website at www.shepherdofthebay.org.