Lenten concert comes to Pleasanton at 7 p.m. tonight

Lynnewood United Methodist Church offering special concert in original German

Bay Area Classical Harmonies (BACH) will perform sacred music in the Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton starting at 7 p.m. tonight.

The concert will include two full cantatas and a motet by J. S. Bach. Andrew Chung will conduct the chorus, orchestra and soloists, including Sepp Hammer (bass-baritone) and Michael Kim (tenor).

Chung is the founder and conductor of BACH, a group of young musicians in the Bay Area. Sepp Hammer is a graduate of Livermore High School and UC Berkeley who went on to study voice at the New England Conservatory and sings classical music in the Bay Area.

The music will be sung in the original German with written translations in the program. "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen" uses the text for Palm Sunday, written by Bach for his church in 1714. "Christ lag in Todes Banden" was composed by Bach for Easter, 1707.

Music safficianadoes said this is a rare opportunity to hear Bach's music performed in a church as it would have been performed in the 18th century in Germany during the season of Lent.

Tickets at the door will be sold for $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A reception will follow the concert with an opportunity to greet the performers.

Lynnewood Methodist, whose pastor is the Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, is located at 4444 Black Ave. in Pleasanton. For more information, call the church office at (925) 846-0221 or email


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Posted by Heather Leslie Hammer
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm

The Lenten Concert at Lynnewood Church will be great. I heard the dress rehearsal. The instrumentalists are top notch, and the acoustics are good in the sanctuary. This is a bargain for classical music close to home.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

Is the concert for senior/anybody?

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Posted by Heather Leslie Hammer
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 4, 2014 at 9:20 am

Everyone is welcome--Adults $20, seniors and students $15--a bargain for great music close to home.

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Posted by sandee
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

The concert is open to all...I got my ticket early, not to miss!

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