COMING IN SEPTEMBER
Jazz, Faith, and Worship
SEPT. 12 | Presenter: Jon Ailabouni, jazz musician and instructor. From the music of Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams to John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, jazz music has a long history of being explicitly tied to worship and spirituality. Jon will explore how jazz carries meaning through sound and how the music offers a fresh perspective in worship and our faith lives.
Church Together: What Does This Mean?
SEPT. 19 | Presenter: Bishop Regina Hassanally, SE MN Synod
We are part of the ELCA, a church body that spans the whole country and reaches out with compassion around the world. With over 9,000 congregations, we express our faith through a variety of worship practices, ministries, and ways in which we live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet we are church together. Bishop Hassanally will share some of the ways we are part of this larger church we call the ELCA.
Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
SEPT. 26 | Presenter: Kathryn Horntvedt, NCTM
Ludwig van Beethoven completed his 31st out of 32 piano sonatas on December 25, 1821. The subject of Fugue 1, with its rising 4ths, might represent our faith looking up in spite of all of life’s challenges, while later the subject of Fugue 2, an inversion of the first subject with its 4ths reaching downwards, manifests the grace of God — Emmanuel, God with us. One might also hear the redemptive power of Christ’s sacrificial love for us, and God’s final triumphant gift to us of heavenly life eternal. Kathryn has studied and performed this work in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth last year, and is glad to share it with you!