Thursday, August 22, 2013

Schramm to Lecture at Opening Convocation and Conferred with Kraft Chair

Brooks Schramm to Lecture at Opening Convo and Conferred with Kraft Chair of Biblical Studies

bschramm.jpgSchramm Lecturer for 2013 Convocation
Opening Convocation at Gettysburg Seminary Features Conferral of Kraft Chair of Biblical Studies Upon Brooks Schramm

 The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg will open its 188th academic year Wednesday, September 04, 2013 with the conferral of the Kraft Chair in Biblical Studies upon Professor Brooks Schramm.

The 11:55am event will include the traditional academic procession and lecture by Schramm, elected by the faculty to open this academic year. The lecture and convocation is open to the public and takes place in the Seminary’s chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge.

Professor Brooks Schramm has taught Bible, Hebrew and particularly courses related to the Old Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg since 1994. He received a B.A. in German and History from Texas A&M University in 1979, an M.Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of Chicago in 1993. He served as Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Augusta, Illinois, from 1987-1994. Dr. Schramm was inducted into the faculty with tenure in 2000 and as a full professor in 2010. Active in the life of the local and wider church, he is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg.

Schramm’s scholarly interests include the history of the Hebrew language, Jewish biblical interpretation, and biblical theology. He edited the work of 23 colleagues in a festschrift entitled Raising Up a Faithful Exegete: Essays in Honor of Richard D. Nelson, his most recent predecessor in the Kraft Chair. His most recent book, Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People: A Reader was co-authored with his spouse, Kirsi Stjerna. He is currently working on Luther’s 1543 anti-Jewish treatise, “On the Ineffable Name and On the Lineage of Christ.” Schramm serves as editor of Gettysburg Seminary’s scholarly journal Seminary Ridge Review and has engaged with colleagues in collaborative work, including translations for two musical works: “Psalm 122: A Pilgrimage Song for David,” commissioned for the 275th anniversary of Christ Lutheran Church, York, Pennsylvania, and “Psalm 22: for the Maundy Thursday Stripping of the Altar,” both set to music by The Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Folkemer.

The Kraft Chair of Biblical Studies was made possible by a gift from the Kraft Foundation in 1955, resulting from the generous bequests from two members of First Lutheran Church, Wheeling, West Virginia, Ms. Julia Kraft and Ms. May Kraft. The gift was made to the Lutheran Theological Seminary in memory of Caroline Schmidt Kraft and Charles Christians Kraft. Previous holders of the Kraft Chair of Biblical Studies include Howard N. Bream, Lorenz Nieting, and Richard D. Nelson.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Music, Gettysburg! Announces 34th Exciting Season

MG2013-2014.jpgMUSIC, GETTYSBURG! ANNOUNCES new season of exciting music with favorites and new voices

Music, Gettysburg! will present a new season of inspired and inspiring performances in its 2013-2014 season, beginning with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra September 8th.
The new season will bring first time performances, including organist Bruce Neswick, soprano Stacey Mastrian, Ensemble Companio, and new guest performers with the Chamber Orchestra. The roster of performers in the 34th season also includes an all-star list of many of Gettysburg’s most-loved performers: Wayne Hill, Felix Hell, the Schola Cantorum, the Sunderman’s Metta Ensemble, Cormorants Fancy and others. 
Music, Gettysburg! concerts free and open to the public, thanks to the support of community and corporate generosity and especially by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, which provides the acoustically magnificent Seminary Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge.

Sunderman Conservatory faculty member Alexander Kahn said “What brings me the most joy about Music, Gettysburg! is that it adds such a rich and diverse array of performers and performances to our town. I’ve enjoyed every note I’ve heard, from the transcendent sounds of Tuvan throat singing to the heavenly voices of the Schola Cantorum to the triumphant peals of brass and percussion from the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra.” He added, “the fact that I get to experience this great music in the beautiful and acoustically magnificent Seminary Chapel is of course an added plus!”


The 34th Season schedule is:

Sun., Sept. 8, 2013, 4:00 PM
Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra featuring Miranda Henne, Cellist
Sun., Oct. 20, 2013,  4:00 PM
Bruce Neswick, organist, the debut of one of the nation’s best known performers and improvisers

Fri., Nov. 1, 2013, 4:00 PM
Voices of Duty and Devotion: A Seminary Ridge Hymn Festival
Led by the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, and the Keystone Brass

Sun., Nov. 17, 2013, 4:00 PM
Metta Ensemble, Celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday with overtures, arias, and ensembles from his operas.
Sat., Nov. 23, 2013, 4:00 PM
Happy Birthday
Two of our favorite performers – Wayne Hill and Michael Matsinko – 

Sun., Dec. 1, 2013, 7:30 PM
Advent Vespers with the Schola Cantorum leading a candlelight service filled with music of expectation, hope, and joy.

Sun., Dec. 15, 2013, 7:00 PM
Christmas Offering
The Gettysburg Children’s Choir, Teresa Bowers, Wayne Hill, Stephen Folkemer leading the Schola Cantorum, Michael Matsinko, and many other of our favorite performers gather around the Christmas tree to present a holiday sampler.

Sun., Jan. 19, 2014, 4:00 PM
Eaken Piano Trio As one of their favorite venues, Music, Gettysburg! is a stop on the Trio’s farewell tour.  

Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, 7:30 PM
Burns Night
Celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday with his poetry and Scottish music presented by Cormorants Fancy. 
Sun., Feb. 9, 2014, 4: PM
Felix Hell, organist  The pride of Baltimore returns to the chapel for his annual performance!
Sun., Mar. 2, 2014, 4:00 PM
Stacey Mastrian, soprano Sunderman Conservatory’s vocal professor brings her "intensity, focus and warm, passionate sound" (New York Times) up the hill!
Sun., Mar. 16, 2014, 4:00 PM
Ensemble New Amsterdam 
Gettysburg’s own Mary Hammann brings her ensemble back for some of the most compelling chamber music of the year!

Sat., Mar. 29, 2014, 7:30 PM
Ensemble Companio
 Joseph Gregorio brings home his chamber choir with its “vibrant sound and moving interpretations.”

Sun., May 4, 2014, 4:00 PM
A Bachfest, with the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg performs some of Bach’s finest vocal and choral masterpieces.
Sun., May 11, 2014, 4:00 PM
Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra
Mary Hammann returns again to play viola solos and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

For more information about the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the web site at where you may also sign up for additional concert reminders and updates.