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LRU to Highlight Life and Works of Johann Sebastian Bach

Mon Oct 7 2013

September 16, 2013

The Music Department and Sacred Music Program of Lenoir-Rhyne University will sponsor Bach Festival Days 2013 highlighting the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach October 27-30.  The Church Musicians-in-Residence and Bach experts this year are The Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert, Professor Emeritus in Worship and Church Music at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Mr. Kenneth Miller, Assistant Musician at the Cathedral of St. Philip (Episcopal) in Atlanta, and an alumnus of Lenoir-Rhyne.  Additional performers will include university organist Professor Florence Jowers, student instrumentalists, and the choirs of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  All events will be held in the Mauney Music Building on the university campus and are free and open to the public.

Dr. Bangert has written many chapters in publications of the International Society for Theological Bach Research and has conducted the annual “Bach for the Sem” LSTC benefit concert for the past 15 years.  He is also the Bach Choir Artistic Director and Scholar in Residence at Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Chicago.  Mr. Miller (’10) is a doctoral candidate in the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music where he gave a recital of the complete Bach Clavier-Übung Part III of 1739.  At Yale, he received the Charles Ives Prize for his playing and the Aidan Kavanagh Prize for academic research on German keyboard counterpoint.  Both presenters will share their expertise on Bach in recital, lectures, discussions, rehearsals, and worship performance.

Events during the Bach Festival Days include:

  • Sunday, October 27, 7:00 pm.  Mr. Miller will present an Organ Recital of Bach works.
  • Monday, October 28, 10:00 am.  Dr. Bangert will lecture on “Leipzig 1730: Bach and his Mid-Life Crisis.”
  • Monday, October 28, 1:00 pm.  Mr. Miller will speak on “The Art of Fugue and the Art of Dying.”
  • Monday, October 28, 7:30 pm.  Dr. Bangert and Mr. Miller will share their “Stories of Vocation.”  This presentation will be followed by sung Prayer at the Close of Day with Bach chorales and the university choirs at 8:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, October 29, 9:25 am.  Dr. Bangert will speak on “Cantata 106 and the Art of Dying.”
  • Tuesday, October 29, 3:00 pm.  Mr. Miller and Dr. Bangert will dialog on “Death and Dying in the Music of Bach.”
  • Wednesday, October 10, 10:00 am.  Chapel Service with Dr. Bangert, Mr. Miller, and the choirs of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Since 1996 the Sacred Music Program of Lenoir-Rhyne University has trained students to serve in church vocations, and has prepared them for further graduate study in music and theology.  Graduates serve as full or part-time church musicians in a variety of denominations across the country.

For additional information on the Bach Festival, contact Dr. Paul Weber, Professor of Church Music and Director of Choral Activities at LR at 828-328-7149.

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