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.