J.S. Bach and the B Minor Mass

March 16, 2013
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

All events take place in the Olson Campus Center, 1490 Fulham

Plenary Address

The B Minor Mass and J.S. Bach's Musical Legacy (Dr. Christoph Wolff, Plenary Speaker)

Of the many fascinating perspectives on Bach's last great vocal work, this lecture will explore its genesis and performance history, its function in the mirror of Bach scholarship, and issues of textual meaning, theological interpretation, and musical design.


(Offered concurrently in the morning and afternoon, unless noted otherwise.)

Continued conversation with Christoph Wolff (Plenary Speaker)

As a follow up to the morning plenary address, this session will offer time for further reflection and discussion on the day’s topic with author and Bach scholar, Christoph Wolff.

J.S. Bach’s Use of Symbols in the B Minor Mass:  How and Why? (Arthur Halbardier, Clinician)

Theologians and musicians have explored Bach’s ability to incorporate into his music complex layers of spiritual and theological purpose through use of symbols, especially in his later works. This workshop will explore how Bach employed symbol language to communicate his deep theology and faith in his last sacred composition, the Mass in b-minor.

Bach in the Church Today: Yes You Can! (David Cherwien, Clinician)  Morning only.

There are many myths and perceptions that prevent church musicians from considering Bach's music in worship.  This workshop seeks to dispel those myths and to create a renewed desire to consider Bach’s music without fear and regret. 

Open Rehearsal of the National Lutheran Choir (David Cherwien, Clinician)    Afternoon only.

Conference participants may join in an open rehearsal as Director David Cherwien works with orchestra and members of the National Lutheran Choir in preparing Bach Cantata 12. The Cantata will be sung during the evening prayer service.

Church Organists Go Baroque (Catherine Rodland, Clinician)

Applying articulation practices to the more accessible works of J.S. Bach. Special attention will be given to chorale based works and shorter free works suitable for preludes and postludes.