Bach Vespers for Lent, Feb. 18

Bach Vespers in February

Sunday, February 18, 5:00 p.m.

pre-Vespers Lecture at 4:30 p.m.

Bach: Cantata 93, Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten

Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

100 Miami Avenue

Terrace Park, Ohio

During Bach’s tenure in Leipzig, he wrote no cantatas for the season of Lent, as “concerted” music (music with instruments) was prohibited. The Bach Ensemble uses this time of year to present some of Bach’s cantatas from other times of the year but that still resonate with Lenten themes. The next Bach Vespers services will feature Cantata No. 93, Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten (“All those who follow God’s guidance”), a cantata which examines that challenge and wonder of our Lenten journey. The prelude to the service will feature Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461, performed by Cincinnati Symphony Principal Oboe Dwight Parry. Douglas Easterling will offer a pre-Vespers lecture at 4:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras Dinner

Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m.   

Come celebrate Mardi Gras at St. Thomas with a traditional Louisiana dinner of gumbo and jambalaya. 

Director of Music and native Louisianan Carlton Monroe will make his secret recipes, including a vegetarian option.

There is no cost, but free-will offerings are welcome. 

All proceeds go to supporting our Mountain T.O.P. ministry.

Ring in the New Year with Bach Vespers

Celebrate the New Year with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas! The next Bach Vespers on Sunday, January 14 will feature a performance of Bach’s Cantata 21: Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (Jesus, Now Be Praised), a festive cantata with trumpets, strings, and timpani celebrating the conclusion of a happy, healthy year and the hope of blessings in the one to come.
This Bach Vespers will also feature special preludes and postludes by the Psalm 150 Christian Renaissance Brass Ensemble, an ensemble which performs large-scale sacred brass music as an act of worship and praise at Christian church services and Masses in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas.