Music Almost Born at First Reformed

The great philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once compared the emergence of the great ideas of humanity with successive waves washing onto the shores of conscience. Well, our first lunchtime recital this fall season was a great illustration of Whitehead’s thoughts. We listened to Paul Undreiner’s Sonata for French Horn and Piano from 2012. Paul played the piano and John Clark the horn. The novelty of the piece was such that we had the feeling of almost witnessing the composing of the piece. Subsequently, we had rather deep discussions between the movements, and the musicians gave us unique insights in the creation of modern concert music. The recital was a real treat. The next concert will be on October 9 with cellist Elizabeth Thompson.

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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