Newport’s Atonement Lutheran Church will sponsor a free concert by the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir of Corvallis this Sunday, Nov. 12, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of 1517.
The 30-voice group includes singers from Newport, Corvallis and the Benton County area and has performed in music festivals throughout the world. Most recently, the group performed during a June tour in Germany, singing in the Berliner Dom in Berlin, the largest protestant cathedral in Germany. Their repertoire included Reformation hymns written by Martin Luther with music by composed by fellow German Johannes Bach.
The Newport concert will include these hymns as well as choral selections by Frederick Mendelssohn, another German composer, plus additional selections from the group’s tour of churches throughout eastern Germany. The program will be rounded out by songs including “Amazing Grace,” arranged by E.W. Stradtman III, and “I Sing Because I’m Happy” by Charles H. Gabriel.
The concert, which is free and open to all, will start at 2 pm at 2315 North Coast Highway. Light refreshments will be provided, along with an opportunity to meet the singers.
While the performance is free, donations for the Newport Food Pantry are gratefully accepted.