Friday, April 19, 2013

Wittenberg Gospel Choir at LTSP May 14

The Gospel Choir from the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany will be appearing at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm as part of a tour in Southeast Pennsylvania in early May. The performance will be in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

The Gospel Choir will present their American debut on Friday, May 10 at 7:00pm at Huff's Church, Alburtis, PA. The other venues on their tour include: Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe (Saturday, May 11, 7:00 pm), Advent Lutheran Church, Harleysville (Sunday morning May 12, 8:30 am), St. Peter's Lutheran Church, North Wales (May 13, 7:00 pm), and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Northeast Philadelphia (May 16, 7:00 pm).

Under the direction of Thomas Herzer, the Gospel Choir is over thirty members strong. It includes not only members from the Castle Church, but also several singers from the Wittenberg community. It was founded as an outreach program for people who have a desire to sing great American Spirituals and Gospel music. Though the choir sings the music in English, only a small handful of the musicians actually speak English.

The Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany was built around the turn of the 16th century. It is the site where, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door; an act many consider to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

An interview with Thomas Herzer and his wife Sarah, both organists and cantors at Castle Church, can be found at promotionmusic.org/The_Hertzers.html.

A color poster promoting the tour (pdf) can be downloaded at http://photos.Ltsp.edu/WittenbergGospelchoirPoster-042013.pdf.

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