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Music lovers we invite you to join us at St. John's for our third season of the 'Soli Deo Gloria' Concert Series! Our third season features various events from organ, choral and instrumental concerts to vespers in the historical style of J.S. Bach. The dates and times of all upcoming concerts in this series can be found below.
There is no admission fee for each concert, however, each concert will have a free will offering through which your generosity will make it possible to host guest musicians for our upcoming concerts. Each and every donation is greatly appreciated!
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Please join us downstairs in the fellowship hall following each concert for a reception!
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To receive upcoming concert information directly to your home please email artistic director Jeff Windoloski at jeffrey.windoloski@gmail.com with your name, and mailing address or email address.
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Be sure to stop back soon for more upcoming concert listings for season four!
1) Candlelight Christmas Vespers In The Tradition Of J.S. Bach - Sunday December 9th 2018
On Sunday, December 9th at 6:00pm, the saints of St. John's  gathered to celebrate the Feast of Christmas by candlelight with a Vespers Concert held in the Lutheran tradition of the acclaimed composer Johann Sebastian Bach. From the Gospel of Luke, we heard of the birth of the King of kings in the lowly manger in Bethlehem as the heavenly hosts proclaim the good news to shepherds in the nearby fields. 
The 'Soli Deo Gloria' Concert Series choir, the Kantorei, presented selections by both Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621) and Hans Leo Hassler (1564 - 1612). In the choral selection, "And Mary Said To The Angel" by Hassler, he depicts Mary's humbleness as she hears the news from the angel Gabriel that she will give birth by the power of the Holy Spirit to the Son of God. Praetorius' "Psallite," portrays how he encourages us Christians to sing Psalms and hymns to the Holy Child of Bethlehem as the angels sang of His birth. Finally, in the choral selection "To Us Is Born Emmanuel," we heard, written in a refrain style by Praetorius, the good news of great joy that God was now dwelling amongst man to be our Savior. 
The Vespers also featured the historic chorales of Christmastide from the time of Bach for all to sing accompanied by St. John's Austin pipe organ. 
2) 'Lessons & Carols' Featuring Schola Nova - Saturday January 5th 2019
The second concert of our third season featured a concert by local early music choral ensemble Schola Nova! Schola Nova began its 36th concert season with the tradition of the Lessons and Carols, begun in the 19th Century at King’s College, Cambridge, and now performed by choirs all over the world. The concert employed nine texts read by members of St. John’s complemented by music from Benjamin Britten's well-known “A Ceremony of Carols,” as well as carols sung with the audience.
St. John's Lutheran Church
60 Broad Street, Westfield, MA 01085
Telephone: (413) 568 - 1417
Church Website: www.stjohnswestfield.org
We are a member congregation of the New England District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
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