On Friday, October 5, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., the First Friday Concert Series of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) begins its 2007-2008 series. Soprano Ruth Ideen, assisted by Seminary Musician Mark Mummert at the piano, will present a 45-minute concert of vocal works by G. F. Handel, Henry Purcell, W. A. Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Johannes Brahms, and Mark Hayes in the Seminary Chapel. The concerts of the First Friday series are free, and all are welcome.
Soprano Ruth Ideen is consistently praised for her direct and expressive communication, whether singing art song, oratorio or opera. An avid recitalist, Ruth recently performed a program of music and poetry for children in the Music at Abington series. This past summer, Ms. Ideen was proud to be a member of the musical team that led worship for the Worship Jubilee, celebrating the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship and the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Ruth Ideen has appeared with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Olaf Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Community Orchestra, and University of Minnesota Orchestra. Most recently, Ruth Ideen was seen as Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula with the Concert Opera of Philadelphia. Ms. Ideen has performed the roles of "Miss Pinkerton", The Old Maid and the Thief with The Princeton Festival, "Baby Doe", The Ballad of Baby Doe, and "Lucia", The Rape of Lucretia at the University of Minnesota where she studied with Glenda Maurice. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Ms. Ideen premiered the roles of "Princess Clara", The Hero of Hamblett, and the title role in Donata's Gift by Minnesota composers James McKeel and Daniel Kallman respectively. Later this fall, Ms. Ideen will perform with the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ Song of Thanksgiving.
Mark Mummert is Seminary Musician at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he is Cantor to the chapel, conducts the Seminary Choir, and teaches courses in church music. Mr. Mummert is also Cantor at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church in Chestnut Hill. Mark is a composer of the first setting of Holy Communion in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the core worship resource of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As a performer, Mr. Mummert has appeared with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Haddonfield Symphony Chorus, the Choral Arts Society, Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, the Temple University Concert Choir, and in solo recitals for the American Guild of Organists.