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Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

Martin Luther

 

 

On October 31, 1517, a small seed was planted.  It was a seed that grew to a flower that bloomed into a revolution.  On this day, a young priest, Martin Luther, nailed to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany a series of criticisms of Catholic Church practices called his Ninety-Five Theses.  Within several weeks, copies of his critiques spread throughout Germany; and, by early 1518, they had reached the entire continent – sparking what would become the Protestant Reformation.

Frauenkirche in Dresden

Thomaskirche in Leipzig

Wartburg Castle

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of this historic change in the Catholic Church.  The Reformation had a profound impact not only on the church, but also on science, trade, politics, culture – and music.  Born into a musical family, Luther was himself a prolific composer of hymns, many of which are celebrated today.  Luther desired to use music, which he considered one of the purest gifts from God, as a platform from which he could advance the message of the Reformation.

 

Music Celebrations International is pleased to present Reformation 500 Concerts, the formal production of all musical performances to take place throughout 2017 to celebrate 500 Years of Reformation through music in Germany and the United States.  Music Celebrations is pleased to have the support of the German National Tourist Board and the Luther 2017 500 Jahre Reformation organization in constructing these concerts.  In addition to producing hundreds of concerts for music ensembles, several large scale musical productions will take place throughout the year.

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