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Delving into Bach's Mass

Scholars call this the summary of Bach’s compositions in one large piece. Indeed – completed in the last part of his life, it represents the highest development of his choral and orchestral compositional craft. The Mass in b minor also includes a good amount of parody -- previous works re-purposed -- rendering this entire work monumental as summary composition.

Devotion: In the shadow of the Cross

This is the devotion given by Tim Sheie prior to the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, December 15 at Christ Church Cathedral. Each Christmas time, the National Lutheran Choir make a long day-trip to St Louis, Missouri to give two performances of its Christmas Festival. A little more than 24 hours earlier, news spread that a single gunman had forcibly entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, shot and killed 20 six- and seven-year-olds and six of their teachers. It is in this context that Tim offered this devotion.

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Devotion: Spiritual Literacy

Before each National Lutheran Choir concert, a member or guest of the choir delivers a devotion. The following words were spoken prior to the December 7 4:30 p.m. Christmas Festival by Diane Fleming, widow of our founding director Larry Fleming. The saint she makes reference to in her devotion is Larry's mother who passed on Thanksgiving weekend this year. 

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