2011-2012 Concert Series
Dennis Bergin, organist, and the American Kantorei, with Dr. Jeral Becker, Interim Music Director. The concert will include organ works by J. S. Bach and Dennis Bergin’s composition “The Last Enemy.” The American Kantorei will perform Bach’s Motet No. 3, “Jesu meine Freude,” and motets by Heinrich Schuetz.
Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.
A program of cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the American Kantorei. “Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden,” BWV 6; “Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret,” BWV 31; and “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren” BWV 137. Guest conductor Dr. Dale F. Voelker.
2010-2011 Concert Series
- October 2010
Kyrie and Gloria in Excelsis from the Mass in B Minor by J. S. Bach.
- December 2010
Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei from the Mass in B Minor.
- February 2011
Organist Dennis Bergin performs Bach’s transcriptions of Four Concerti by Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Ernst. The American Kantorei performs a cantata by J. S. Bach.
- April 2011
The Magnificat and Cantata 4, Christ lag im Todesbanden Dr. Jeffrey Wilson conducts the Greenville Illinois College Choir, performing Renaissance, Baroque and Modern motets.
2009-2010 Concert Series
- October 2009
Psalm 130: De profundis, From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee, is performed. This prayer, in plainsong and Anglican chant settings, is confession, meditation, and hope for us and our times. Also offered are composers Schein, Handel, and Bach’s Cantata, BWV 38. Together with these significant works, Psalm 130 culminates in Luther’s great hymn for congregation. The concert’s finale consists of two Great Choruses by Handel from the Messiah.
- November 2009
David Fienen, guest organist, performs Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in C Major by Franz Joseph Haydn. Bach, Solo Cantata BWV 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen for Solo Soprano and Trumpet with Stringed Orchestra, Kathryn Stieler, soprano; John Korak, trumpet. Handel, Psalm 112, Laudate pueri Dominum, Kathryn Stieler, soprano, with chorus and orchestra.
- December 2009
The American Kantorei presents an Advent and Christmas Celebration. J. S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio: Parts I; II, Sinfonia; and VI, Final Chorale. G. F. Handel, Great Choruses from the Messiah. A tribute to radio station KFUO for its 85th year of broadcasting.
- January 2010
Organ recital by Dennis Bergin. Clavier Übung III. Chorales by Bach presented by The American Kantorei. J. S. Bach, Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E Major, Paula Kasica, flute; Mieko Hironaka Bergt, harpsichord; Kenneth Kulosa, cello
- March 2010
The American Kantorei, with soloists Jeral Becker, Evangelist, and Jay Willoughby, Christ, present J. S. Bach’s The Passion of Our Lord According to St. John. Aria soloists are principals of The American Kantorei. A celebration of the birthday of J. S. Bach.
- May 2010
The American Kantorei sings motets by Bach, Sing to the Lord a New Song and The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness. W. A. Mozart, String Quartet in E-flat Major, featuring the Arianna String Quartet, John McGrosso, violin; David Gillham, violin; Joanna Mendoza, viola; Kurt Baldwin, cello. Dennis Bergin, organ, Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, J. S. Bach.
2008-2009 Concert Series
- October 2008
The American Kantorei performs J. S. Bach, Cantata 119, Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn (O Jerusalem, Praise the Lord!); Cantata 80, Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God). Dennis Bergin, Bach at the Sem organist, performs Max Reger, Opus 27, Organ Fantasy on the Chorale, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
- December 2008
The American Kantorei performs Advent and Christmas music: J. S. Bach, Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Wake, Awake for Night Is Flying); Magnificat in DMajor. Organist Dennis Bergin performs Hugo Distler, Partita on Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Op. 8, No. 2, Toccata.
- February 2009
Organist Dennis Bergin in recital with the American Kantorei perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, J. S. Bach, Hugo Distler, and Jan Bender. In addition, the Kantorei sings the motet, For God So Loved the World, by Heinrich Schütz
- April 2009
The American Kantorei performs Jan Bender, Psalm 150 with Brass; Felix Mendelssohn, Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise); August Christian Bergt, Easter Hymn. Enlarged Chamber Orchestra with choirs from St. Louis University unite with the Kantorei for these presentations. Guest organist, David Mulbury, performs major works by Mendelssohn and Bach.