Guest Conductor, Gary Ruschman

For our opening concert, we welcome to the podium our guest conductor, Gary Ruschman. An accomplished musician and award winning composer, Gary offers the following thoughts on the program: You won’t want to miss this concert of surprisingly luscious music, celebrating the rich musical legacy of the Lutheran Reformation: seven singers and a small band of instruments perform scores composed ...

What is the Reformation and Why is it so Important to Sacred Music?

from The Concise Guide to Western Music, Barbara Russano Hanning (Professor of Music, The City College and Graduate Center, CUNY) The Reformation began as a theological dispute that was set in motion by Martin Luther in 1517 and mushroomed into a rebellion against the authority of the Catholic Church and the spiritual leadership of Rome, the center of Western Christianity. …