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Luther Sem again offers Reformation Sunday choral fest

Luther Seminary will offer its 25th annual “Singing the Faith” choral festival on Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2012. The Valparaiso University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Cock, will sing and lead the congregation in hymn and anthems. Cock is the director of choral and vocal activities at Valparaiso.

Dr. Christopher Cock directs the Valparaiso University Chorale. Photo provided by Valparaiso University

In preparation for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church door, Luther Seminary has commissioned five composers to offer works on a different aspect of Luther’s Small Catechism, one each over the next five years.

The featured piece of this year’s event is written by Dawn Sonntag of Hiram College in Ohio. It is a setting of Luther’s Ten Commandments and explanations to be sung by choir and congregation with organ accompaniment. Daniel Fenn of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota, will be the organist.

Luther Seminary Professor Gracia Grindal, coordinator of the Reformation event, said, “This year will be the first year in which we premiere pieces on a part of the Small Catechism. The setting of the Ten Commandments by Sonntag should receive some significant attention.”

Word and table

Valparaiso’s Chorale has been a frequent guest at the Thomas Church in Leipzig, where Johann Sebastion Bach spent much of his career. And Cock has a distinguished record in music of the Lutheran Baroque period.

A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the FRIENDS Endowed Scholarhip Fund. Following the 4 p.m. concert, a German buffet will be available at 5:30 p.m. for a cost of $17.

Next year, Kari Tikka of Finland will be featured with work based on the Apostles’ Creed. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.luthersem.edu/reffest.

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