Season Finale of Our Lunchtime Recitals

Have you ever heard a Saxophone Quartet play symphonic music? Here at First Reformed Church, we had a chance of doing just that on Wednesday, May 9. It was a wonderful concert, a piece of music history, if you will, because it made abundantly clear how the saxophone family of instruments has moved into the mainstream of serious music.

We are grateful to the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet. In addition to their music, they also provided a most engaging question & answer session for the audience following the concert.

The attention of the attending school children was also remarkable; just see the enclosed pictures. In addition, several children presented Janet Waanders with self-made pictures in order to show their gratitude for her organizing the recital series.

Similarly important was the work of Ethel Salamone and Joan Fekete, as both women led an army of providers and servers during the lunches that followed each of the recitals. Concert and lunch on May 9 provided a wonderful conclusion for the spring season of the Recital Series.

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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