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ARTS AT ST. JOHN’S
PRESENTS SERIES OBSERVING
THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION
Sunday, 8 October, 4 PM – The Lutheran Musical Heritage – Michael Krentz, Dean of the Chapel (Philadelphia campus), United Lutheran Seminary and Director of Music/Organist, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown. An expert in Lutheran musical history will illustrate on our outstanding organ the many contributions Lutheran composers have made over the centuries. The program will be in the form of a Lutheran “organ mass,” exploring the great hymns of the Lutheran tradition that allowed the congregation to be full participants in the mass. The program will include works by Dietrich Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, with commentary on the Lutheran tradition of singing and organ music.
Sunday, 15 October, 4 PM – Lutheran Hymn Festival – Donald Meineke, Cantor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New York City. Come and sing and learn about the hymns which Lutherans have composed from the Reformation to the present. What impact did the Reformation have on Western music and specifically the act of communal singing? A musical journey spanning 500 years beginning with the very first Lutheran hymnal published in 1524. Hear the stories behind some of the most prolific Lutheran hymns, old and new alike, and discover how communal song has accompanied people during times of trial, pointing the way to life and hope.
Sunday, 22 October, 4 PM – “Katherine Luther: A Burr to a Topcoat,” a staged play by John Trump, Muhlenberg College graduate and now pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Columbia, SC, to be performed by Muhlenberg College Theatre students. The play was originally commissioned and produced by Muhlenberg College for the celebration of Martin Luther’s 500th birthday in 1983. After a number of performances at the College and in Lutheran churches in the region, the play was entered a national drama contest sponsored by the Episcopal Church it was awarded first place when it was performed in St. Louis. See the strong commitment of the faith of Luther’s wife.
The Arts at St. John’s has planned a season of Great Music in a Great Space with a variety of programs for audiences with different interests.
The mission of the Arts at St. John’s, now in its 26th year, is to view the arts as an expression of God’s creation and to enrich the spiritual and artistic experiences of the Lehigh Valley community.
The arts have always been a vehicle for humankind to explore the deep questions of life and its meaning. One of the traditional roles of the church throughout history has been to nurture the arts.
St. John’s has a rich heritage of quality music. It possesses an outstanding organ of 4 manuals and 87 ranks. The church is located in Allentown’s cultural district. It is therefore appropriate that St. John’s be a center to present the gifts of the arts community and develop programs and dialogues for mutual benefit and growth.