“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
– Martin Luther

 

Music always played an important role in the life of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Luther emphasized that it was important that music not only be performed in services but that it should be understood by all who participated. Martin Luther composed many hymns that are still sung at services today, most notably his most famous hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

The 2017 Luther Choral Festival program will feature a combined choir that will sing J.S. Bach’s version of this piece, Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott under the direction of world-renowned conductor and Bach scholar, Helmuth Rilling. This is sure to be an extraordinary experience to sing this hymn united with other choirs from throughout North America in the Berliner Dom. Other featured pieces will be Wir glauben all an einen Gott and Psalm 42 Wie der Hirsch schreit by Felix Mendelssohn.

This event is one of the many performances taking place in Germany to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. To learn more about how to participate in this special opportunity, visit the Luther Choral Festival website for more information.