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Vassar College and Hudson Valley Community Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, October 28 – 29 and November 2, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY –Vassar College and a multitude of community organizations are collaborating to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with music, art, and conversation.

The festivities begin on Saturday, October 28. The Vassar College Choir, Bruderhof Singers, Cappella Festiva and orchestra will join together for two performances of J.S. Bach’s monumental work, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80, Mendelssohn’s Richte mich Gott, and the premiere of a newly commissioned work, The Reconciliation Cantata by Hudson Valley composer, James Fitzwilliam. Both concerts will include organ works based on Martin Luther's famous 'Ein feste Burg' tune with special guest organist, Jonathan Hall featured on Sunday October 29.

On Sunday October 29, Vassar’s Director of Religious & Spiritual Life, Rev. Samuel Speers, moderates a discussion on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Panelists will be Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo, Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ (Sisters of St. Joseph), Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University. 

On Thursday, November 2, Late Night at the Lehman Loeb will also focus on the Reformation. "The Art of Protest: Faith and Power in the Age of Martin Luther’s Reformation" will feature works from Vassar collections with speakers from the faculty. Following is a vocal performance of Renaissance music. Elizabeth Nogrady, Mellon Curator of Academic Programs notes, “By displaying original prints, paintings, and manuscripts from the 1500s and using them as a starting point for an interdisciplinary discussion, we hope to evoke some of the magnitude and complexity of the Reformation, particularly as an example of the power of protest.”

"It is a great honor for us to welcome Lutheran Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo and Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, one of the leading Roman Catholic theologians today, to the Vassar campus,” said Rev. Speers. “In different ways, each of them gives voice to a faith that speaks to the critical and creative issues of our time.  Their distinguished and lifelong commitment to ecumenical dialogue make them ideal conversation partners as we seek to understand the Reformation's continuing legacy in our own very different historical moment."

All events are free and open to the public.

FULL LIST OF EVENTS

Saturday, October 28, The Mount Chapel (formerly Mount St. Alphonsus), 1001 Broadway, Esopus, NY 12429

2:30pm Performance  (see description below)

Due to limited space, reservations are encouraged through EventBright.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reformation-now-a-concert-and-panel-discussion-tickets-38061936276

Sunday, October 29, Vassar College Chapel, 124 Raymond Ave.  

3:00pm Panel Discussion (see description below)

4:30pm Performance  

No reservations required.

The events listed above are sponsored by the Vassar College Music Department and Religious & Spiritual Life, a part of the Campus Life and Diversity Office, Bruderhof Communities, St. John’s Evangelical Church, Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and Cappella Festiva.

Thursday, November 2

5:00pm:  Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

"The Art of Protest: Faith and Power in the Age of Martin Luther’s Reformation" features works from Vassar collections with speakers Nancy Bisaha (History), Marc Epstein (Religion), Susan Kuretsky (Art), Ronald Patkus (Special Collections), and Klaus Yoder (Religion). Songs of the Renaissance will be performed by Eric Brenner ‘96, faculty member Drew Minter, David Root, and Peter Walker ‘09.   

Sponsored by The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Special Collections, and the Creative Arts Across Disciplines.

About Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD)

In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Vassar College a grant for this multi-year initiative to enhance integration of the creative arts across the college curriculum.

CAAD utilizes artist residencies, thematic programming, faculty and curricular development initiatives and student creative projects to broaden collaboration across academic disciplines. Learn more about CAAD at http://creativearts.vassar.edu/.

October 29 Sunday 3:00pm Panel; 4:30pm Concert
"95 Theses, or How to Start a Revolution, er… Reformation: Panel Discussion and Concert
Join panelists Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo, Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ (Sisters of St. Joseph), Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, with Rev. Samuel Speers, Vassar’s Director of Religious & Spiritual Life, moderating a discussion on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The performance will include J.S. Bach’s Reformation Cantata Ein feste Burg, and a commissioned work by James Fitzwilliam. Sponsored by the Music Department, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Bruderhof Communities, St. John’s Evangelical Church, Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and Cappella Festiva. Chapel

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 6, 2017