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Oct. 9, 2001
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Martin Marty To Speak At 14th Annual Reformation Day Celebration At Candler

Renowned Lutheran theologian Martin E. Marty will be among the speakers and events planned for the 14th annual Reformation Day celebration at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology Tuesday, Oct. 23. The full day of music, lectures and worship will conclude with the Kessler Reformation Concert at 8:15 p.m. in Cannon Chapel, featuring an opening commentary by Marty.

Marty also will be featured in a 2:30 p.m. lecture on the dialogue between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Episcopal Church. Speaking on behalf of the Episcopal Church will be retired Episcopal Bishop Frank Allen, who serves as bishop-in-residence at Candler. For more information on the day’s events, call 404-727-6352, or e-mail

The evening concert theme is "Good News to Ev’ryone!" and will draw on Martin Luther’s Christmas hymn, "Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her" ("From Heaven Above to Earth I Come"). In addition to commentary by Marty, the 60-minute concert will include short musical meditations on the Luther piece as well as Johan Sebastian Bach’s 1747 organ chorale variations, "Einige canonische Veränderungen über das Weihnachtslied vom Himmel hoch," which will be performed by Timothy Albrecht, Emory University organist.

The seminary’s performance choir, The Candler Choraliers, will present the first Kessler choral commission—a liturgical work from renowned Finnish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi, whose recent commissions include the Nordic Church Music Symposium and the 700th anniversary of the Lutheran cathedral in Turku. The composer will be in attendance as his work is performed both at a morning worship service and the evening concert. The audience also will sing, as is its custom, Luther’s battle hymn of the Reformation, "A Mighty Fortress."

Candler’s annual Reformation Day concerts are made possible by the friends of the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection. The collection, housed in Candler’s Pitts Theology Library, is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Protestant Reformation. The collection contains more than 2,500 pieces written by Luther, his colleagues and opponents and printed during their lifetimes.

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