Women in A-Chord

This is the name of the trio that performed a classical, popular and jazz repertoire on Oct 24th in our Randolph Room and Fellowship Hall: Melody Blasenheim and Beverly Owens, sopranos, and Gloria Kierniesky, mezzo-soprano. Our audience, among them many students of the Livingston School as well as residents of the Spring Hills Assisted Living Community in Somerset, appreciated this second-last concert of this year’s Lunchtime Recital series very much. Agnes Crespo, music teacher at the Livingston School, remarked afterwards that the concert was quite fitting to her curriculum, as it is a capella and so allowed students a closer look at the most natural musical instrument, the human voice.

A great thank-you goes out to Janet Waanders for organizing the series so well. Through these concerts, our church has been building bridges to a growing and diverse population here in New Brunswick.

The final concert of this free series will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov 14th, featuring Jill Crawford, flute, and Akiko Hosaki, piano. A free lunch will follow the recitals.

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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