Concordia Seminary Concert Series
The annual Concordia Seminary Concert Series celebrates and proclaims our faith through the gift of music, featuring Seminary choirs and musicians, as well as visiting chorale groups of the highest acclaim. All concerts are held in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary.
Opening Weekend Hymn Festival
3 p.m. Aug. 26, 2018
The festival welcomes new and returning students to campus for the 2018-19 academic year! This year’s festival marks the inaugural concert of our Concordia Seminary Concert Series and will feature guest artist Kantor Kevin Hildebrand from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., as well as an ensemble choir made up of faculty, staff, students and local congregations.
Bring your family and friends for this celebration in song as we sing our faith and make witnesses to the promises of God in Jesus Christ.
The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected. The festival will be available via live stream at www.csl.edu/live.
“St. Matthew Passion”
3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019
Please join us for this moving performance of J.S. Bach’s masterpiece with the internationally acclaimed Valparaiso University Chorale and the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, the Valparaiso University Bach Orchestra and Choir, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.
Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose, to present the Passion story in music during Good Friday vespers services. The first performance was at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig in 1727, and this work is widely recognized as one of greatest pieces of Western music, with an interlocking of voices and instruments that creates an emotional connection into this dramatic journey.
Bach built his Passion from choruses both small and large, and arias for specific characters such as Jesus, Judas, Peter and Pontius Pilate. The Evangelist, a role for tenor voice, is the principal storyteller, moving the drama along throughout. Supporting Bach's massive structure are three grand choruses — at the beginning, middle and end — standing as tall pillars, holding up the surrounding music.
The performance will be directed by Christopher M. Cock, director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University and conductor of the Valparaiso University Chorale. For additional information, visit valpo.edu/bach. Learn more about the conductor here.
The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected.
I AM Forever WHO I AM: The 80th Anniversary Tour
3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019
One of the country’s oldest Lutheran collegiate choirs, the internationally renowned University A Cappella Choir from Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, is celebrating 80 years of choral artistry with this tour. From its inception, the choir’s mission has been to proclaim the love of God in song and tell the Good News of salvation through Christ.
The A Cappella Choir, with Conductor Dr. Kurt E. von Kampen, will perform choral works from many historical eras and diverse cultures, including music of Palestrina, Bach, Pearsall, Fauré, Lauridsen and many others.
The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected. The concert will be available via live stream at www.csl.edu/live.
Other Music & Arts
Laudamus is the premier choir at Concordia Seminary, performing an eclectic mix of the finest choral literature from a variety of musical genres.
Our chapel bands complement our instrumental and choral ensembles in musical expressions of our faith.
Bach at the Sem - Legacy
Between 1993 and 2017, the American Kantorei, the performing group of Bach at the Sem, presented more than 100 concerts of the music of premier Lutheran composer Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as music of Schütz, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and other Lutheran composers.