This Is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation premieres on WVIA-TV, October 26 at 8 p.m.
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PITTSTON, Pa. – On Thursday, October 26 at 8 p.m. WVIA Public Media along with Susquehanna University will premiere This is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation. The musical ensembles of Susquehanna University mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, igniting one of the greatest religious and cultural upheavals in human history. One of Luther's reforms was the renewed emphasis on congregational singing. Luther himself wrote about three-dozen hymns and sought to position music at the forefront of the religious service. Susquehanna marks this anniversary with a concert of music based on, or inspired by, hymn tunes, including a brand-new setting of three hymns for choir and orchestra written especially for Susquehanna.
“The Reformation had a profound impact on the musical world. This concert presents music that is not only beautiful but also historically significant, harkening back to a period of tremendous cultural upheaval. Three of our students had the privilege of filming their narrations on location in Augsburg, Germany, so the whole experience has been memorable,” said David Steinau, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music at Susquehanna University.
The program features the Susquehanna University Choir, Chamber Singers, Chorale, Orchestra, Wind and Brass Ensembles. Filmed on location at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and in St. Anne's Church in Augsburg, Germany.
“We are proud to be partnering with Susquehanna University in bringing this concert event to our viewers.” said Tom Curra, WVIA President / CEO and Executive Producer.
Encores of the program will air on Sunday, October 29 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, October 31 at 4 p.m. on WVIA-TV.
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