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Mark Bangert to deliver 2007 Heritage Lecture on "Luther and Music as a Gift of God"

Posted Sep 4, 2007

On Monday, October 22, the Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert, John H. Tietjen Chair of Pastoral Ministry: Worship and Church Music, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will present "'That was heavenly': Another Look at Luther and Music as a Gift of God." The free lecture will be held in LSTC's Common Room starting at 11:30 a.m.

"Fans of Martin Luther know that he loved music. Some know that he was a capable musician, a noted singer with a high tenor voice, and a person of knowledge about the art of composition. Luther's views have often undergone reckless remodeling in order to lend support to sundry crusades. People still wrongly parade Luther as the pacesetter for bringing tunes from drinking establishments into the liturgy. The myth of such projected inclinations evolved from his clear predilections for the so-called bar-form, a specific structure used for songs and hymns," Bangert said.

In "'That was heavenly': Another Look at Luther and Music as a Gift of God" Bangert will explore Luther's originality with respect to the divine "giftness" of music, to ask what precisely about music is a gift, and whether or not such a descriptor actually advances our understanding about the significance of music in our lives and in the church's worship.

The Heritage Lecture series is designed to provide a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition.

Mark P. Bangert is the John H. Tietjen Professor of Pastoral Theology: Worship, and Music at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he teaches courses in worship and music and is co-director of the Chapel Music Series. He is the Bach Choir artistic director and scholar in residence at Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Chicago.

Ordained in 1965, Bangert served congregations in Illinois and Missouri and taught at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., and Christ Seminary-Seminex before joining the LSTC faculty in 1983. He has published widely in the area of church music; is a member of an international study group on Bach research; and was a U.S.A. representative to a five-year Lutheran World Federation study team on worship and culture. Bangert has written many chapters in publications of the International Society for Theological Bach Research. He has organized and conducted the annual "Bach for the Sem" LSTC benefit concert for the past 15 years. He recently served as a consultant for the new Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship.


Dr. Kurt Hendel
Director, Heritage Lectures

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

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