“Man of Sorrows” Premieres at
Concordia Theological Seminary

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)— Each spring, the seminary Schola Cantorum of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., presents Lenten Choral Vespers, helping the community take time to ponder the Passion of Christ with finely-crafted church music. This year they will present a 21st-century cantata by Dr. Kenneth Kosche, professor of music emeritus from Concordia University Wisconsin, and a renowned composer and church musician. “Man of Sorrows” will premiere at Kramer Chapel on the seminary campus, 6600 N. Clinton St., on March 30 at 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for this event. For additional information click here, email Music@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2224.

The text for “Man of Sorrows” is drawn from Isaiah 52 and 53. Using the cantatas of J.S. Bach as a model, Kosche and Mr. Kevin Hildebrand, CTS associate Kantor, chose excerpts of those chapters to set to music for choir, soloist, organ and orchestra, interspersed with hymns for choir and congregation. The seminary Schola Cantorum will be joined by local tenor soloist, Mr. Jonathan Busarow.

If the music of the church is filled with so many wonderful resources already, what’s the point of creating something new? “This is what the church has always done. Just as Johann Sebastian Bach added to the church’s song in his own day, or just as a new hymnal builds upon and adds to the church’s rich tradition, so the church and her composers continue to contribute more musical expressions of the faith. The tradition is not supplanted or replaced, but it is expanded,” explains Hildebrand. “Concordia Theological Seminary is happy to be a leader in this rich and ever-expanding tradition of church music with Dr. Kosche’s composition and with the talents of the seminary choir.”