Mr. Handel at Home

Have you ever wondered how it must have felt to live during the 1700s as a neighbor in London on the property adjacent to the house of George Frideric Handel? Our fundraising concert with John Burkhalter (English & small flutes) and Donovan Klotzbeacher (harpsichord & ye spinnet) on April 14 gave us listeners an idea of how that must have been like: Mr. Burkhalter read from letters that Handel’s neighbor on Brook Street, Mary Pendarves, had written about the musical activities at Handel’s home.


Throughout the evening, texts and music alternated. As an audience, we were equally amazed about the quality and background of the musicians and the clarity and width of John Burkhalter’s historical delineations. Where else would an event like this have a home but here at our beloved First Reformed Church?

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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