CHICAGO – The genius of consummated baroque music and one of the most prolific composers of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach will be featured in the upcoming Winter 2002 issue of MOSAIC, the video magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), available Dec. 1.
The 30-minute documentary, "Glory to God Alone: The Life of J.S. Bach," traces Bach's life story and focuses on the relationship between his work and faith.
The program is available on VHS tape or on digital video disc (DVD), the first MOSAIC program available in the DVD format, said Tim Frakes, MOSAIC producer, ELCA Department for Communication.
Cornerstone Television, a satellite-broadcast channel, will air the program Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, said Ava Odom Martin, broadcast media production manager, Department for Communication.
"Many Christians don't know who Bach was," Frakes said. "We want to introduce or reintroduce J.S. Bach and his music to an entirely new generation of Christians in America who may not be aware of the rich musical heritage that exists in the body of work J.S. Bach left for future generations."
Glory to God Alone features Bach's music and scenes from Eisenach, Ohrdruf, Weimar, Kothen, Muhlhausen and Leipzig, all in Germany. The program includes comments from two noted Bach scholars: Christoph Wolff, professor of music, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and author of the biography "Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician"; and Robin Leaver, president of the American Bach Society and professor of sacred music, Westminster Choir College, Rider University, Princeton, N.J.
Also featured is Christopher Parkening, an internationally acclaimed classical guitarist and distinguished faculty member, Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.
Melissa O. Ramirez, associate director for news, Department for Communication, is host of MOSAIC.
MOSAIC is produced and distributed by the ELCA Department for Communication. It is intended for educational use in a variety of congregational settings including Sunday School classes, adult forums, youth groups, women's and men's groups, new member classes, church council meetings, committee meetings and other organizational meetings.
MOSAIC is broadcast Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on direct broadcast satellite through Dominion Sky Angel on the Faith TV Network, available through most cable satellite providers.
Each issue includes a user's guide, with a synopsis of each segment and discussion questions. MOSAIC is issued quarterly. Annual subscriptions are available through the ELCA Department for Communication.
Specific information about MOSAIC subscriptions and the contents of each issue are available on the Web at http://www.elca.org/mosaic or by contacting the ELCA Department for Communication by phone at 1-800/638-3522 ext. 6009.
By Albert H. Lee