A series of noon “Bach’s Lunches” in the Wartburg College Chapel will focus on the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach, beginning Friday, Sept. 16.

Dr. Karen Black, professor of music and college organist, will present the series, which is open to the public. Each program will include lunch and a preconcert talk in the Chapel Commons in the basement of the Wartburg Chapel, followed by a recital in the sanctuary.

“Bach is often called the finest composer in the history of Western music, and this series will present a broad range of his organ works,” Black said.

The hour-long program will begin at noon. Black said her preconcert talks will offer “some insight into the music and give the listener a deeper understanding of each piece.”

“The Wartburg Chapel organ is well suited to Bach’s music, and I hope that the college and area communities will enjoy hearing some great music during lunch hour,” she said.

Wartburg College shares a connection with Bach, who was born in Eisenach, Germany, home of the Wartburg Castle.

Other concerts are scheduled for Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Feb. 17, March 16, and April 13.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch or to order a box lunch in advance by calling Marcia Haugen in the Wartburg Music Office at 319-352-8300.