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The Sacred and the Profane – German Baroque

Featuring countertenor Derek Lee Ragin

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In 1517, Martin Luther, a young priest, nailed to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany a series of criticisms of the Catholic Church entitled, Ninety-Five Theses. Within weeks his critique of the church’s practices went “viral” and by 1518, his theses had reached the entire European continent – ushering in the Protestant Reformation and establishment of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church. The church became a prominent religious institution and within the framework of the service a number of musical compositions, based on devotional texts, were included under the heading of sub communione.

We are programming vocal works from this genre including compositions by Franz Tunder, Johann Rudolf Ahle, Leopoldus I, Johann Hermann Schein, Heinrich Schütz, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Christoph Bach, and more.

Vita Wallace, violin
Claire Smith Bermingham, violin
Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba
Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba
Dongsok Shin, keyboards

Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 pm
The Church of the Transfiguration
1 East 29th Street

In person ~ $20 general; $10 students & seniors
Virtual ~ $5

Purchase here

This ticket page is provided by Gotham Early Music Scene.