Buxtehude Cantata, “Rejoice, Beloved Christians“
The composer Dieterich Buxtehude 1637-1707 is claimed by three different nations in Northern Europe. He was born in a portion of Denmark which is today Germany. He was organist in St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Helsingborg, Skaane which is today Sweden, and he served as the cantor and organist in Lubeck, Germany. His music was so popular at the time that J. S. Bach travelled to Lubeck to hear him play. Bach was particularly impressed by the “Abendmusik” or Evening Music. During the season of Advent, Buxtehude would arrange
for special concerts involving additional musicians- more than were needed on a typical Sunday morning. The guest musicians performed from the various balconies in the church.
On Sunday, November 30th, the LOTI choir along with a host of guest musicians will perform Buxtehude’s Cantata 51 “Rejoice, Beloved Christians.” Please invite your friends and neighbors to hear this unique cantata featuring trombones, trumpets, oboes and strings. It will serve as a wonderful beginning to the Advent season.