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In this bicentennial of the death of one great composer, another great composer seems vying for equal time--good old J.S. Bach. In one weekend-to-weekend stretch, the local Bach-analia--an annual tradition called Bach Week conceived by the folks at Saint Luke's Church in Evanston--will offer a choice selection of the Baroque master's choral, orchestral, and chamber works. Some of his lower-profiled contemporaries are showcased as well; in fact, not a single Bach piece is slated for the opening concert. Instead the honorees are Gottfried Reiche, JJ. Quantz, Jan Zelenka, and--inevitably--Mozart (whose great Organ Fantasy will be performed by Saint Luke's organist and choirmaster Richard Webster). But Bach will be the cynosure of next Friday's orgiastic concerto night: the program includes Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 plus an assortment of festive concerti for harpsichord and organ. Among the celebrants are some of the midwest's classiest instrumentalists: keyboardist David Schrader, trumpeter George Vosburgh, oboist Michael Henoch, and flutist Sandra Morgan. And of course Saint Luke's gorgeous-sounding Choir of Men and Boys will get a chance to shine in various works, including Mozart's Missa Brevis in C major. The Bach Week Festival Orchestra--a pickup ensemble par excellence--will be under Webster's direction. Sunday, 7:30 PM, Wednesday and next Friday, May 17, 8 PM, and next Sunday, May 19, 7:30 PM, Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman, Evanston; 708-251-0311.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/William Burlingham.

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