Past events

31 October 2017, 7pm     
With Martin Luther through the church year: music by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Reger, Karg-Elert and Voit. Organ: Kantor Roland Voit (Hagen / Germany)

Concert details

Tuesday 31 October 2017 (Reformation Day), 7pm
at Toorak Uniting Church
603 Toorak Road, Toorak | View Google Map
Tickets: $35 | $25 (concession)

About the organist: Roland Voit

Roland Voit is an organist, teacher and composer from Hagen in Germany. He studied organ at the Cologne University School of Music (under Professors Viktor Lukas, Helmut Weinrebe and Peter Degenhardt) and has since made frequent international tours as a recitalist, in between teaching at the Max-Reger Music School in Hagen and the Episcopal School for Church Music in Essen.

As a composer Roland has written many pieces for organ, choir, piano and harp. He has also dedicated many years of volunteer work in the area of special needs instrumental music education, having written several books on the topic and creating a piano series used in teaching piano to special needs children. He organises regular concerts under the auspices of the project 'Miteinander Musizieren' ('Making music together') where special needs children perform with their able-bodied peers.

Roland has recorded many CDs and DVDs, such as 'French organ Music between 1870 and 1970' and 'French organ Music from four centuries – 50 years jubilee cooperation France – Germany'. His latest DVD is a fascinating combination of modern paintings, collages and photos of modern church windows combined with modern organ compositions, such as for example 'Between Twelve Pillars' – the opus of Dr. Heinz-Josef Florian is combined with the three-dimensional collage (2016) by Dorothee Kaltenpoth. A full list of recordings can be viewed on Roland's website.

Program details

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) Sonata A-major op. 65,3 variation on Luther’s hymn
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir / Out of the Depth I Cry to You
Maestoso – Fuge – Maestoso  /  Andante  tranquillo

The beginning of the Church Year (1. Advent)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (Savior of the Nations, Come)
Nr. I BWV 659 (Adagio)
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (Savior of the Nations, Come)
Nr. III BWV 661 (In Organo Pleno, canto firmo in Pedale)


Prayer Sunday: Rogate

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) Sonata Nr. VI d minor op. 65,6 about the Luther-hymn
Vater unser im Himmelreich (Our Father, God in Heaven Above)

Theme with variations – Fugue – Finale: Andante religioso


Roland Voit (*1957) Choral fantasy on Luther’s hymn
Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich (Lord, Graciously Give Us Peace)
(World premiere 2005 in the Memorial of Peace Cathedral Hiroshima)

Max Reger (1873 – 1916)
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (Glory to God in the highest)
(Vom Himmel hoch / From Heaven Above to Earth I come)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Herr Christ, der einig Gott’s Sohn (Lord Christ, God’s Only Dear Son)
(Segments of the Partita BWV 77 App.)

Lent / Good Friday

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933)
Canzone: Christe, du Lamm Gottes (Christ, You lamb of God)
(Choral improvisation op. 78.5)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Christ ist erstanden (Christ is Arisen) (Choral prelude in three parts BWV 627)
Teil A: Gebet um Frieden (Prayer for peace)
Teil B: Schreien und Weinen (Wailing and weeping)
Teil C: Gebet als Hilferuf (Prayer as a call for help)
Teil D: Zittern und Klagen (Trembling and moaning)
Teil E: Gebet im Glauben an Gottes Stärke (Prayer with confidence in God’s power)
Teil F: Krieg und Elend (War and misery)
Teil G: Gebet in der Hoffnung auf Ruhe (Prayer in the hope for composure)
Teil H: Tod und Schmerz (Death and pain)
Teil I: Gebet um Frieden und Segen, Amen (Prayer for peace and blessing. Amen)

Reformation Day

Max Reger (1873–1916)
Choral prelude op. 67,6 on Luther’s hymn
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is Our God)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Fugue for six voices with Double-Pedal per organo pleno BWV 686 on Luther’s hymn
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (Out of the Depth I Cry to you)

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