Please join us for Concordia Vespers, on Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m., for the beloved tradition at CUAA showcasing great musical works alongside the beautiful Vespers liturgy.

This edition of Concordia Vespers features an amazing juxtaposition of the “old” and “new.” Caroline Shaw, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, was commissioned in 2016 to write a response to Dietrich Buxtehude’s 17th-century work, “Ad Manus.” This new work, “To the Hands,” explores the themes of love for the other, and how we mirror Christ in our daily lives. Concordia Vespers will be presenting both works side-by-side, along with the liturgy and a meditation from Campus Pastor, Randy Duncan.
Don’t miss these incredibly moving works! Admission is free — a free-will offering collected to support future editions of Concordia Vespers.

The power of both works is palpable, creating a very emotional and reflective space in which we can see clear connections between the Lenten devotional material in the Buxtehude and how that is transformed to commentary on our own responsibilities to the “other” in modern society in the Shaw.  A Latin phrase from the Buxtehude is quoted in both works — “Quid sunt plagae istae in medio manuum tuarum?”, which translates to “What are those wounds in the midst of your hands?” Much like Bach’s Passions and other great Lutheran hymnody, this phrase is doubly considered in these two works — as we reflect on the wounds of Christ, what wounds are we holding in our hands?

Dr. John Boonenberg, Artistic Director of Concordia Vespers and Kreft Endowed Chair in Music

Support Concordia Vespers

“Sacred music has been a strong part of our tradition and heritage here at Concordia, ever since the first Concordia Choir began in 1963,” said Linda Sproul, Director of Donor and Alumni Relations. “In the words of Johann Sebastian Bach, ‘The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.’ And we pray that that is the experience of everyone who worships with us at Concordia Vespers.”

If you would like to support Concordia Vespers by writing a check, please make payable to “CUAA,” write “Concordia Vespers” on the memo line and mail to:

Office of Advancement
4090 Geddes Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

You may also make a gift with a credit card on our website: Type “Concordia Vespers” in the special instructions box.

Thank you to the many generous donors for their support in making Concordia Vespers possible.


Dr. Jonathan and Mrs. Janel Ehrman
Mrs. Elizabeth Frederick
Rev. Galen and Mrs. Patricia Grulke
Mr. Michael and Mrs. Patricia Kalmes
Mrs. Judy E Wuckert


Mr. William and Mrs. Karen Boonenberg
Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Katie Contreras
Mr. Willis and Mrs. Barbara Hoffmeier
Ms. Nancy Niemela
Mr. Brian and Mrs. Beth Pollatz
Dr. Linda Speck
Ms. Jean Thomas
Mr. Paul and Mrs. Joann Woodward

ART OF FUGUE GUILD ($100-$149)

Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Amy Bickel
Mr. Matthew and Mrs. Angela Fremder
Mr. Royce and Mrs. Krista Hartmann
Mr. Mark and Mrs. Amy Ingersoll
Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, Monroe, MI
Mr. Danny and Mrs. Heather Milot
Mrs. Janice Morrison
Dr. Neil and Mrs. Patricia Skov


Dr. James and Mrs. Elizabeth Eggert
Mrs. Sally Kennedy
Mr. Robert and Mrs. Viola Krug
Rev. Donald and Mrs. Karen Neuendorf
Mr. Richard and Mrs. Karen Penhallegon
Mr. Andrew Stechholz *


Mr. Lester and Mrs. Barbara Altevogt
Church Extension Fund MI District
Mrs. Keturah Haab
Mr. Eugene and Mrs. Barbara Haak *
Rev. Timothy and Mrs. Erika Halboth
Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Monica M Heissenbuettel *
Mr. Michael and Mrs. Susan Fuchs
Mr. David and Mrs. Janet Kletzli *
Capt. Philip Klintworth *
Mr. Ross and Mrs. Amy Mackenzie *
Mr. Larry and Mrs. Sandra Seltz *
Rev. Dr. John and Mrs. Linda Sproul
Rev. Dr. David and Mrs. Janet Stechholz *
Mr. Gary and Mrs. Laura Thomas *

*Denotes repeated sustaining gifts – thank you!

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