The Chicago Bach Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law

                    The Chicago Bach Ensemble is an ensemble specializing in Baroque Music    



The Chicago Bach Ensemble, led by conductor James Setapen, is a group of approximately forty musicians consisting of an orchestra, a vocal ensemble and organist. The ensemble was formed with the idea of presenting the sacred music of J.S. Bach in the space it was originally intended for --- a church – and to the people it was originally intended for – the community of that church. The composer faced many hardships during his life but always remained true to his desire for the ultimate light. His cantatas carry the expression of this desire. Please come and listen and be elevated.

Spring 2013

The Chicago Bach Ensemble will be performing Cycle Four of the Bach Cantata Project after its first three highly successful cyles in March, June and November/December 2012. 

The Program

BWV 172 Erschallet ihr Lieder

BWV 6 Bleib bei uns denn es will Abend werden

BWV 21 Ich hatte viel Bekuemmernis

The Venues

Friday, April 19th at 8:00 pm; St. Josaphat Church; 2311 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 with pre-concert lecture beginning at 7:15 pm.

Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 pm; St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square; 2649 North Francisco Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 with pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:45 pm.

Sunday, April 21st at 7:30 pm; St. Thomas the Apostle Churc
h, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615 with pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:45 pm.

Advance Discounted Tickets: $12 (Adults & Students) $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

Vocal text and translations will be displayed on a screen during the concerts. Pre-concert lectures for all ticket-holders with refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market South Loop will take place approximately 45 minutes before the concert performance time.