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St. John's Sanctuary Concert Series
2013 – 2014 Season

St. John's Lutheran Church is pleased to announce its 18th annual season of the Concert Series. Ten different sacred concerts have been planned for the 2013-2014 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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Patriotic Concert
Saturday, June 14, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Jubilate Choir and Festival Orchestra

There will be TWO performances of the Patriotic Concerts again this year.   William Heide conducts the Jubilate Choir and Festival Orchestra as they present another exciting and inspiring evening of patriotic music. Thrilling marches, favorite patriotic songs, and our “Salute to the Armed Forces” will all be part of this popular concert. 








The Concordia University A Cappella Choir 
Tuesday, March 11 - 7:00 p.m.

The Concordia University A Cappella Choir from Seward, Nebraska in Concert! This internationally renowned 73 voice choir will perform a concert of sacred and secular pieces as a part of their 12-day West Coast tour, celebrating 75 years of excellence in choral music. Dr. Kurt von Kampen conducts. 

Keyboard Spectacular!
Sunday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.

Organ, piano, and harpsichord in various combinations with five different keyboard performers, all in one concert. You will enjoy this unique event!


Bach Cantata Vespers Concert: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106)

Sunday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.
Cathedral Singers, Four Soloists, Orchestra & Organ

Cantata 106, “God’s Time is Best,” was probably written as the funeral cantata for Bach’s uncle in 1707, making it one of Bach’s earliest cantatas. It certainly is one of his most beautiful. The faith of the Christian and the hope of the resurrection permeate this work.

Jubilate Choir’s Favorite Anthems
Sunday, October 13, 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. Different this year is that the choir will be accompanied by a full orchestra.

Bach Cantata Vespers Concert:
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (BWV 51)

Sunday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.
Cathedral Singers, Soprano Soloist, and Orchestra

Cantata 51, featuring a soprano soloist, was written around 1730 for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. The Cathedral Singers will present two anthems as part of the service; Charles Raasch is the organist.

The Sounds of Christmas
Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Jubilate Choir, Festival Orchestra & Cathedral Bells

The Jubilate Choir, St. John's adult choir of 70 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 26 - 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 Charles Raasch
Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
Baroque music on the organ.

Jubilate Choir and Orchestra
Saturday, February 22, 4:00 p.m.
Baroque choruses and orchestral music.

Bach Cantata Vespers Concert: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben  (BWV 147)
Sunday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Cathedral Singers, All American Boys Chorus, Soloists, Orchestra & Organ
Cantata 147 contains the famous chorus, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The All American Boys Chorus joins the Cathedral Singers in performing this cantata.

Keyboard Spectacular!
Sunday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
Organ, piano, and harpsichord in various combinations with five different keyboard performers, all in one concert. You will enjoy this unique event!

Holy Week Concert
Palm Sunday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Jubilate Choir and Festival Orchestra

Come and hear a variety of choral anthems and orchestral pieces that tell the story of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection from Palm Sunday to Easter. We conclude the concert with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, and invite the audience to sing along.

Cathedral Bells Handbell Concert
Sunday, May 4, 4:00 p.m.

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





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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