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Music of Early Lutheran Masters at Trinity Lutheran Church
March 17, 2017@7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10 - $20
National Lutheran Choir presents Music of Early Lutheran Masters
Featuring J.S. Bach’s “Ein feste Burg,” March 17-19, Moorhead, Duluth & Minneapolis
The National Lutheran Choir – www.nlca.com — kicks-off its year-long commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a concert featuring the Music of Early Lutheran Masters. The Choir is taking this program on the road, along with an 11-member chamber orchestra, for concerts in Moorhead and Duluth, before returning to Minneapolis for a concert at Central Lutheran Church. The final concert in Minneapolis will be live streamed on the Choir’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, both @NLChoir.
500 years ago, Martin Luther initiated an ongoing process of reformation, and the music of the Church evolved in significant ways. Luther’s colleague, Johann Walther (1496-1570), was among the first Lutheran composers following the Reformation. Subsequent Lutheran composers include Heinrich Schutz (1585-1682) and Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is perhaps the most prominent Lutheran composer of all time. Music from these masters will be included in this concert, with a focus on Bach’s “Cantata 80, Ein feste Burg is unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is Our God),” based on Luther’s most widely-known hymn.
National Lutheran Choir’s Artistic Director, David Cherwien, shared his thoughts about the program:
“I think the most noticeable (and enjoyable) thing about this program is the use of hymn tunes that many congregations continue to sing today – connecting us with these early Lutheran masters of the past. The most familiar hymn, ‘A Mighty Fortress,’ is audible throughout most of the cantata – making the theme easily identified. Bach’s word painting in the 5th movement is delightful as the orchestra plays with a flurry of activity (‘the hordes of devils filling the land’), while the choir maintains the melody, with calm yet strong unison singing.”
Performance dates, time & location:
Friday, March 17 – 7pm – MOORHEAD
Trinity Lutheran Church
210 7th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560