Luther’s Legacy is an organ recital and hymn sing commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, Sunday, April 15 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall. The organ music will be either based on Lutheran Hymn tunes or by Lutheran composers. Tyler Breneman will perform Daniel Gawthorp’s ‘Reformation Symphony’ that has movements based on hymns such as Ein Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress is Our God). Visiting Professor of Music and College Organist, Hentus van Rooyen will perform various works by Bach, Hanff ann Mendelssohn, also based on some of these melodies, including ‘Vater Unser Im Himmelreich’ and St. Anne (Our God Our Help in Ages Past). The evening will be woven together by singing some of Luther’s most beloved hymns.
“This is a wonderful chance to hear Bethany’s massive 80 rank organ, and hear of Martin Luther’s influence on music from the time of the Reformation,” said Daniel J. Masterson, Bethany College Music Department Chair. “We’re glad to feature Prof. Hentus van Rooyen and recent Bethany Alum, Tyler Breneman for this event.”
“I am greatly excited for this concert,” added Professor van Rooyen. “I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.”
Letting the music stand in its own right, Campus Pastor Amy Truhe will offer footnotes on Luther’s theology of music as proclamation of the Word.