Bach: Clavier-Übung III

Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

On Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Canon Director of Music Stephen Buzard plays Bach's monumental Clavier-Übung III in a special devotional concert to prepare for Holy Week. Clavier-Übung III is Bach's most significant, theologically profound, and technically challenging work for organ. Comprising the famous Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, twenty-one chorale preludes, and four duets, Clavier-Übung III explores the entire gamut of Baroque compositional styles. Each chorale is set in two styles, either for a large organ with pedals, for worship in the church, or for a small single-keyboard instrument, for worship in the home. This performance will highlight our newly-acquired Johnson Memorial Chamber Organ upon which Mr. Buzard will play the smaller-scale chorale settings.

Mr. Buzard writes: "Some people learned to knit, others had their sourdough starters. My pandemic project was Clavier-Übung III. The manuals-only chorale preludes were my daily practice and prayer during lockdown when I couldn't practice the organ at the Cathedral. Having studied this incredible music for a few years now, I am looking forward to my first performance presenting it in its entirety."

Plan your visit

When you visit St. James Cathedral during Advent and Christmas, expect to receive a warm welcome! Whether you are a committed follower of Christ, a first-time visitor who is joining a friend, or fall somewhere in between, you're not just welcome, you belong.

It is not uncommon for people to either dress casually or formally when visiting the Cathedral. Our priority is that you to feel comfortable. Children are always welcome at St. James. There is an open space to the front right of the pews for children to play under your supervision and a changing station for parents of our youngest members under the church in the restrooms.

The cathedral is accessible to people with limited mobility. An access ramp is located at the west end of the building, 65 E. Huron St.

Map & Parking

We are conveniently located 2 blocks from the red line. Exit at Chicago Avenue, then south two blocks to the corner of Wabash and Huron.

We are one block west from the 3, 10, 26, 146, 147, and 151 bus lines on Michigan Avenue. Exit at Superior or Erie if southbound, exit at Huron if northbound.

Reduced-rate parking for the All Souls Requiem is available at ROW Parking Garage, 50 E Ohio Street, for $15 up to 18 hours. Parking is also available at Ohio Ontario Self Park, 33 W Ontario, for $11 up to 18 hours daily. Get a reduced-rate parking voucher from the St. James Commons reception desk.