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Lenoir-Rhyne events honor 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
Lenoir-Rhyne events honor 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation

Commemorating the worldwide anniversary of 500 years since the Lutheran Reformation, Lenoir-Rhyne University will present a program of sacred choral music and beloved hymns, as well as a theatrical performance.

An award-winning male vocal ensemble from Leipzig, Germany, Ensemble Nobiles will present a concert of choral music on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in Grace Chapel. The group's repertoire will include compositions by Josquin des Prez, Thomas Tallis, and Franz Schubert. The choristers met each other during their nine-year education in fine arts as members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig. Visit ensemblenobiles.de to learn more about the quintet.

A production of In God's Own Country will honor the anniversary with a performance on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Grace Chapel. It features a collaboration between Salisbury's Piedmont Players Theatre and The Landesbühnen Sachsen from Germany. The German theater company is managed by Jane Taubert, a 1989 Lenoir-Rhyne graduate.

In God's Own Country tells the story of Henry Muhlenberg's struggle to establish the Lutheran church in America, but also focuses on the plight of those immigrants who came to the colonies in search of religious and political freedom. Muhlenberg came to America during the early and mid-1700s. He journeyed from Germany to Charleston, then on to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Carolinas, establishing churches along the way. The show is primarily spoken in English with some parts in German. Visit ensemblenobiles.de/ingodsowncountry to learn more about the performance.

In addition to area sponsorship from the Hickory International Council, Klingspor Abrasives, Inc., LRU Modern Languages Program, School of Arts and Letters and the School of Theology, and Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association, the international theater project is funded by the State Chancellory of Saxony and the United States Consulate General in Leipzig.

Seating is limited and guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to the event.