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St. John's Sanctuary Concert Series
2014 – 2015 Season

St. John's Lutheran Church is pleased to announce its Evth annual season of the Concert Series. Eleven different sacred concerts have been planned for the 2014-2015 season. All events are offered free of charge, but an offering will be received. You are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Bach Cantata Vespers Concert:

Jesu, der du meine Seele (BWV 78)

Sunday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

Cathedral Singers, Four Soloists, Orchestra & OrganCantata 78 was written in 1724 for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.  This cantata contains the beautiful duet, “Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten.”


Jubilate Choir’s Favorite Anthems

Sunday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.

    St. John’s Jubilate Choir performs favorite anthems selected from the past few years, along with a few new ones as well.  The 80-voice choir performs a variety of music with organ, piano, and keyboard accompaniment.


Bach Cantata Vespers Concert:

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 61)

Sunday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

Cathedral Singers, Three Soloists, and Orchestra

The cantata “Savior of the Nations, Come” was written for the First Sunday in Advent in 1714, early in Bach’s career. The hymn, “Savior of the Nations, Come,” will also be featured in the vespers service. Charles Raasch is the organist.


The Sounds of Christmas

Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 13, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Jubilate Choir, Festival Orchestra & Cathedral Bells

    The Jubilate Choir, St. John's adult choir of 80 voices, along with a festival orchestra, will join in presenting the beautiful music of Christmas in THREE performances this year. William Heide conducts the choir and orchestra in inspiring arrangements of favorite Christmas carols. St. John’s handbell choir, the Cathedral Bells, will also present three inspiring arrangements as part of the Christmas concerts.


California Baptist University Choir & Orchestra

Sunday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.

    St. John's is proud to host the energetic and inspirational Cal Baptist University Choir and Orchestra.  Performing contemporary Christian music, the choir of 100+ voices and 40-piece orchestra are directed by Dr. Judd Bonner.   Come early for a good seat!



Organ Concert by Jared Jacobsen

Friday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.

    Baroque music on the organ.


Cathedral Singers and Orchestra

Saturday, February 21, 4:00 p.m.

    Baroque choruses and orchestral music.


Bach Cantata Vespers Concert:

Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen (BWV 49)

Sunday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.

Jubilate Choir, Soloists, Orchestra & Organ

   Cantata 49 is a beautiful dialog between Jesus, the Groom (sung by a bass soloist) and the Church, His Bride (sung by a soprano soloist.) The cantata also includes virtuoso organ solos played by Charles Raasch.  


Chapman University Orchestra and Choir

Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

   St. John’s is happy to host the Chapman University Orchestra and Choir again this year in a concert of classical music.


Holy Week Concert

Palm Sunday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.

Jubilate Choir and Festival Orchestra

   The Jubilate Choir, Soloists, and Festival Orchestra present the story of Christ’s suffering and death in the moving cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Theodore Dubois.  We conclude the concert celebrating Christ’s resurrection with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, and invite the audience to sing along.


Cathedral Bells Handbell Concert

Sunday, May 3, 4:00 p.m.

     The Cathedral Bells, St. John’s premiere Handbell Choir, presents an inspiring concert of handbell music. Alex Guebert, the director of the Cathedral Bells, has chosen a varied program that will prove to be very interesting to the audience. 


Please note: 
St. John’s historic sanctuary will be closed for renovation during the summer of 2015. 
Our concert series will end in May this season due to the renovation project.





We encourage your support by participating in the Patron Program, which funds most of the expenses involved in producing the Concert Series. Since the freewill offerings do not cover the entire costs of the concerts, we need your support to ensure the continuation of this ministry to the community. A listing of all patrons will appear in each concert program. Please refer to the Patron Program Enrollment Form for more details.

Again this year we will offer five Bach Cantata Vespers. An organ prelude will begin each vespers concert, which will also include Bible readings, two hymns, and a short sermon. The choir, soloists, and orchestra are conducted by William Heide; Charles Raasch is the organist.

Please note that all of our concerts are much more comfortable because we are now air conditioned! All of the concerts are held in St. John's historic sanctuary, located at the corner of Almond and Center in Old Towne Orange.

Your are also welcome to worship God with us at our regular worship services:
   6:30 p.m. Saturday Service
   8:00 a.m. Traditional Liturgy
   9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Blended Style Worship

   9:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Services
     (Walker Hall Auditorium)





 CONCERT SERIES AUDIO                          
Visit the links below to hear recordings of our Bach Cantatas and other St. John's Concert Series music.
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