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World Music of the Reformation: A Cantata for All

October 31, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM   |   Location: Chapel of the Abiding Presence

World Music of the Reformation: A Cantata for All

October 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the 
Chapel of the Abiding Presence

World Music of the Reformation: A Cantata for All, a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned choral work in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This multi-movement choral work seeks to explore the movement and spread of the Reformation throughout the world. Thomas Pavlechko is the Director of Music and Principal Organist of the 6,000-member Christ the King Catholic Church of Highland/University Park, Dallas.

A Note from the Composer: The first portion of the cantata is structured with two contrasting streams: the outward movement of the German Reformation throughout European countries represented by their native folk songs that became our hymns, intertwined with the constant inward meditation and prayer of Martin Luther with the aid of some of his most beloved Psalm texts, set here to music. The second portion represents the work of Texas Lutheran University professor Gerhard Cartford, beginning with his study of the transfer of Norwegian Lutheran church music to America, thus setting the example for his work as a South American missionary to translate and transfer native worship music from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Chile to the United States. The national representation of period music in this cantata spans the 500 years of the Reformation, from Gregorian chant to the folk songs of Europe and South America, now standard music in our American hymnals. In the tradition of Bach, this cantata is not exclusively choral, but invites the participation of all to sing the folk songs that became our hymns over five centuries.

Composer Biography: Thomas Pavlechko is the Director of Music and Principal Organist of the 6,000-member Christ the King Catholic Church of Highland/University Park, Dallas. His nearly 40-year church music career began at his Lutheran home church in Ohio at the age of 15 as one of eight organists in his family. For a total of 16 years over two tenures, he directed the music at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin. Pavlechko’s hymn tunes, Psalm settings, choral and instrumental works are published on four continents. He served on the Liturgical Music Editorial Team for the EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN WORSHIP hymnal, and co-wrote the three-volume worship planning resource for the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A., LITURGICAL MUSIC FOR THE REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY.

This is a part of TLU's year-long series of events recognizing 500 Years of Reformation.


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