Lunchtime Concerts

Bach Loved Vibraphones!

Can you imagine the great Johann Sebastian Bach sitting in his music room in Leipzig scratching his forehead and wondering how exactly the second movement of Sonata No. 1 for violin would sound on an American vibraphone?

The program that Jeff Pines offered on September 27th in our church sparked many such imaginary thoughts. It was of special value to the children from the Livingston Avenue Middle School in New Brunswick, who have become regular guests at our lunchtime recitals.

Vibraphones are regular instruments of many high school bands, but they are rarely seen in an environment like our stately Randolph Room. Much less are they used for baroque music! Our concert helped, therefore, to build a bridge between two worlds. Is this not what “church” is all about?
Our dedicated volunteers have made this possible, as did a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, administered through the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Bell Choir rehearsals will be held after church on Sunday, Nov. 5th and 12th, with playing on Sunday, Nov. 19th. For more information, contact Margaret Coakley or Janet Waanders.

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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