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Release date: Oct, 10, 2000
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Candler Hosts 13th Annual Kessler Reformation Concert

WHAT: "Musical Reconciliation: Catholic and Lutheran Traditions," 13th annual Kessler Reformation Concert, a musical celebration of the Reformation.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000. Kessler concert preview with Tom Leesberg-Lange, executive director of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, begins at 7:45 p.m.; concert begins at 8:15 p.m.

WHERE: Cannon Chapel Sanctuary, 515 Kilgo Circle, Emory University.

COST: Free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-4180.

Emory University's Candler School of Theology hosts the 13th annual musical celebration of the Reformation with the Kessler Reformation Concert. Reflecting Emory University's Year of Reconciliation, the program will celebrate theological reconciliation in musical terms by exploring the interrelationship of Lutheran and Catholic music and musicians. Performing will be the Candler Choraliers, joined by area Lutheran and Catholic singers and the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet. Marian E. Dolan, professor of church music and choral conducting, will be directing.

The concert will include composers from both traditions. From Luther's favorite composer and the Catholic renaissance master Josquin des Prez, to the influence of Gabrieli's 17th century Italian-Catholic traditions on Lutheran masters Schutz and Bach, the evening's concert will reflect the centuries-old cross-fertilization of Lutheran and Catholic music. The keynote piece of the program will be a "Magnificat" setting composed in 1998 by respected Luther composer, Paul Weber, director of the sacred music program at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina. Tom Leeseberg-Lange, administrator of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, will give a pre-concert talk on the evening's music.

The Kessler Reformation Concert uses texts and music made available from the books held in the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection in Candler's Pitts Theology Library. The collection is a repository of rare and valuable documents produced in connection with the Reformation and now contains more than 2,400 pieces written by Luther, his colleagues and opponents, and printed during their lifetimes.

Supported by Lutheran laypeople Richard and Martha Kessler, and partners throughout the Southeast, the collection provides a rich resource for scholars of the Reformation and for clergy and laity who seek to understand the history of the Christian faith.

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