Reformation 500 Symphony Concert
Dear St. John’s member,
What an amazing opportunity for St. John’s to be able to host a truly magnificent collaboration between the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the beginning of the new Salisbury Symphony Chorale along with the St. John’s Chancel Choir and Men’s Chorus to tie in with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This community performance will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7 pm.
The Symphony will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D Major, the Reformation Symphony, and the last movement of Salisbury composer Davis Brown’s Symphony No.1. Both works feature powerful versions of Martin Luther’s hymn “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress is Our God). The Symphony Chorus and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will also perform J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 80, “Ein feste Burg.” The St. John’s Chancel Choir, the Men’s Chorus, and the Handbell Ensemble will add to the evening with versions of Martin Luther’s famous hymn, and the audience will be invited to join in singing.
In order to be able to produce this concert and give this milestone anniversary the special celebration it deserves, we need to raise $5,000. Therefore, we are giving the community an opportunity to be a part of this production by becoming a named supporter in our commemorative program. As well as listing our supporters within the program, we are also offering three full-page color spaces (back cover and inside front and back covers), available for those who may want to have a more significant showing for their chosen purpose. This is a unique opportunity to make public your support of this great religious, artistic, and historical event.
This keepsake souvenir program will be seen by over 600 people who attend the concert, and we will also feature the participants on both the Salisbury Symphony and St. John’s Lutheran social media pages, which reach a combined total of 2,000 people. Your support will also be archived as part of St. John’s Lutheran Church’s Quincentennial Celebration of the Reformation.
Whether you are supporting in memory or in honor of someone you love, or whether you are being listed to show your support for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, we thank you for your gift.
The Reformation 500 Celebration Team