Reformation Vespers service Oct. 31

Continuing a long tradition of excellence in organ music at University of Jamestown along with the rich musical heritage of the protestant Reformation, two organists will participate in a Vespers Service for the Festival of the Reformation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 in Voorhees Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Anyone wishing to sing in a liturgical choir for the event is welcome to attend a rehearsal at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel balcony.

Organists for the service are University of Jamestown alumnus David Morlock and Dr. William Wojnar, Professor of Music. They will play selections on the Black-Schlossman Memorial Pipe Organ in historic Voorhees Chapel.

Installed in 1999, the organ was a gift of Anna Jane Schlossman and her family, of Fargo, in memory of George Black and William Schlossman, both of whom had served on the Jamestown College Board of Trustees for many years. It is the third pipe organ to be installed in Voorhees Chapel and is one of the five largest pipe organs in North Dakota.

The Vespers service is being cosponsored by the University of Jamestown Department of Music and the Society for the Preservation of the Lutheran Chorale, Jamestown.  The SPLC seeks to promote knowledge of the extensive tradition of the Lutheran congregational chorale, its use in organ repertoire throughout the past five centuries, and its ongoing use in worship contexts.

In addition to organ music based on hymns of the Reformation, congregational hymns (chorales) will be sung and a liturgical choir will provide selections from the Lutheran liturgical tradition. The service will also include spoken prayers and readings appropriate to the Oct. 31 observance of the Festival of the Reformation, which commemorates the date on which Martin Luther is believed to have nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517.

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