Last Lunchtime Recital of the Spring Season

What may look so traditional at first – here is the musician, there is the audience – almost always develops into something else when we have a lunchtime recital here at First Reformed Church. For the last one of this season, Gavin Black had brought his own harpsichord. “Why would you do that?” a student from Livingston School asked in reference to the church’s harpsichord in the same room.

So we learned that there are differences between harpsichords as there are between people. Gavin’s instrument, for example, is over 7 feet long. This allows for very long strings and, subsequently, very deep tones. In addition, his harpsichord has two manuals. Once coupled, the player has doubled the volume.

Sounds theoretical? The children in the audience did not think so. As usual, they had more questions than we had time to cover them all. And, thanks to Gavin’s wonderful generosity, many a child had a chance of trying out the instrument during the lunch hour. And then he left it with us for the church to use during the following two weeks. Ben played it right the following Sunday during worship.



About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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