Reformation Reflections & Carols: Choral Concert & Art Presentation

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
Fullerton Auditorium

Limestone College’s Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, and Department of Art will all come together for a special “Reformation Reflections & Carols” performance on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Fullerton Auditorium.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Limestone recently announced an extensive program of celebrations in the coming months to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It has been 500 years since Martin Luther set the Reformation in motion by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany on October 31, 1517.

The performance on November 9 will include the Chorus and Vocal Ensemble performing selections from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, including Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” and ”Praise Ye the Name of the Lord” by Johann Sebastian Bach.  

The Director of the Chorus and the Vocal Ensemble is Dr. Gena E. Poovey, and the accompanist for the concert will be Professor of Music Dr. David B. Thompson. Art Professors Carolyn Ford and Emily Tuttle have created a slideshow presentation of art, architecture, and art history that will be a part of the program. 

After the visual presentation, the Chorus and Vocal Ensemble will then ease the audience into the holiday season with carols including “Silent Night” and “Good Christian Men Rejoice.” The concert will conclude with a contemporary a cappella performance of the story of Melchior, the oldest of the Wise Men who presented gold to the baby Jesus. The choral finale is a festive anthem entitled “Christmastime.” 

“How fun to be exploring and experiencing the art and music from this significant time and event in history,” Dr. Poovey said. “And how appropriate that we will enjoy learning, not in the classroom, but at a lovely concert. We hope that families from the community will join us for an evening of music and art intended to feed the soul and excite the mind.”

As part of its series “Reformation Reflections: The First 500 Years,” Limestone will mark the anniversary with a sequence of special events and presentations during the current academic year that will commemorate the rise of the Protestant church.