Church of the Advent, Len Levasseur photo

  • Saturday, March 24, 2012—10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • FREE admission throughout the day
  • Cosponsored with and held at The First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St. (at Marlborough St.) Richards, Fowkes & Co. Organ, Opus 10 (2000/2010)
  • A German Lunch at the church (reservation required, see below) $13
  • CONTACT: or
  • Phone: 617-536-8851 (First Lutheran)
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  • T stop: Arlington (green line)
  • Parking: Boston Common Garage (flat rate Saturday $11)

For the fourth consecutive year our AGO chapter and The First Lutheran Church of Boston invite all to attend a day of Bach organ recitals and programs near the date of Bach’s birthday (March 21, 1685). There will be six organ recitals, a dramatic narrative about Bach being hired in Leipzig, a gourmet German lunch, and a program for children of all ages, including the Toccata and Fugue in d minor.

Attend for all or part of the day and do bring guests! Please note that the children’s event is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m.; children’s choirs will enjoy attending Principal Paul. The full schedule is as follows.

10:30 am — Jonathan Wessler (St. Paul’s RC, Harvard Square)

Concerto in d minor, RV 565 (BWV 596)

From Clavierübung III, manualiter chorales:

BWV 685, 672, 673, 674, 687

Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572 (Kenneth Gilbert, ed.)

11:15 am — The Third Choice, written by Paul A. Blanchard: a historical narrative about the appointment of J S Bach as Cantor in Leipzig

11:45 am – Colin Lynch (Trinity Church Boston; 1st Prize winner, 2010 Fort Wayne Organ Competition) Trio No. 4 in e minor, BWV 528

Prelude and Fugue in e minor, BWV 548

12:15-1:15 pm – A German Lunch, in First Lutheran Fellowship Hall (Ticketed event – $13; reservations required: 617-536-8851, by Thursday, March 22).

1:30 pm – Children’s program: Principal Paul.

Peter Krasinski (1st Prize winner 2002 AGO National Competition in Improvisation) improvises in a story about the organ by Sietze de Vries. Program concludes with:

Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565

2:30 pm – Margaret Angelini (St. John’s RC, Sharon) Herzliebster Jesu, BWV 1093 – from the Neumeister chorales O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767 Partita

O Lamm Gottes unschuldig, BWV 1095 – from the Neumeister chorales Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545 – “Weimar”

3:15 pm – Brandon Santini (Holy Trinity Lutheran, No. Easton) Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-flat major, BWV 525

Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682 – from Clavierübung III Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 550

4:00 pm – Agnes Joo-Hee Lee (South Korea and New Jersey) Trio Sonata No. 5 in C major, BWV 529

Allein Gott in der Höh sei, BWV 662 – from the Leipzig chorales Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 – (9/8)

4:45 pm – Bálint Karosi (Minister of Music First Lutheran, Boston 1st Prize winner 2008 Leipzig International Bach Competition) Program to be announced.

Located in the center of historic Back Bay Boston, The First Lutheran Church was designed in 1957 by MIT Dean of Architecture, Pietro Belluschi. At that time, a Wicks organ was installed in the back gallery. In 1995, under the direction of organ advisor William Porter, and church organist Mark Meyer, discussions began for a new tracker organ to replace the previous instrument.

Organ builders Richards, Fowkes & Co. installed their Opus 10 in 2000 and completed the instrument with the remaining four stops in 2010. The handsome, slightly austere North German case of white oak blends well with the simple linear characteristics of the church interior. The Rückpositive has the distinction of having the intra-manual coupler connect the Werk (Great) to the Positive in the Dutch tradition rather than the more normal Positive to Werk.

This organ is stunning for Bach’s music, and First Lutheran is an example of a church that was “turned around” by getting a new organ.

Many people work behind the scenes and donate their services to make Boston Bach Birthday possible. Thank you, recitalists, and thank you, all our hosts at First Lutheran. Also, thank you, Len Levasseur for the handsome flyer design. We need to post these flyers throughout Boston. If you will help with this or would like copies of the flyer, please contact me.

-Joyce Painter Rice 978-465-1901

Boston Chapter American Guild of Organists