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January 2013

Sacred Music Conference celebrates Bach

There's a birthday celebration coming up at Luther Seminary. On March 21, Johann Sebastian Bach would have been 328 years old. Luther Seminary's seventh annual Sacred Music Festival will commemorate his life and work with a focus on this legendary composer and his B Minor Mass.

Included in the one-day event is an all-Bach program of music that will be broadcast live by Minnesota Public Radio's Michael Barone. As part of that broadcast, the National Lutheran Choir will perform a movement from the B Minor Mass, offering a sneak peek into their upcoming full performance in downtown Minneapolis on March 21.

Renowned Bach scholar Dr. Christoph Wolff will be the plenary speaker for the conference. Wolff is the Adams University Research Professor at Harvard University and has published a range of works on Bach. He is also a regular guest conductor in the Bach Cantata Series of Emmanuel Music in Boston.

Lectures and workshops will also be open to conference registrants. Topics include a deeper look at the conference theme, emphasis on empowerment for musicians interested in Bach, and an exploration of theology and symbolism in Bach's music.

The event begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. with evening prayer. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 8. Registration is $85 per person and $30 for students. Following March 8, the costs are $100 and $45, respectively.

Be sure to register online or contact the Master of Sacred Music department at Luther Seminary by calling 651-523-1612 or emailing krongsta@luthersem.edu. More information on the conference is available online.