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Reformation Celebration Provides Alternative Halloween Activity

Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 26, 2017

By: Nicole Winans

Rather than spend Halloween out trick-or-treating or dressing up in costume, there is a new event taking place this Oct. 31.

Oct. 31, 1517, exactly 500 years before this year’s Halloween, was the date Martin Luther published his 95 Theses, which marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

In commemoration of this historic event, IPFW will be hosting a Reformation Celebration 7:30-9 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center’s Auer Performance Hall.

Admission is free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 years of age and younger, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60+) and $4 non-IPFW students. They can be purchased in person at the Larson Ticket Office or by phone at 260-481-6555.

The IPFW University Singers along with the IPFW Community Orchestra are partnering to put on an evening of celebration with Bach’s cantata on “A Mighty Fortress,” Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” symphony and settings of texts by Martin Luther.

“You don’t have to know anything about the Reformation to go,”  said Vaughn Roste, IPFW’s Assistant Professor / Director of Choral Studies..

While the event will have some informative program notes available, the event will not include any form of religious service.

The Reformation does not just apply to Lutherans, Roste said. He recommends all people attend the concert because the Reformation affects all of us, even today.

With the publication of his 95 Theses, Martin Luther began a revolution within the Roman Catholic Church. Without his actions, many argue that the Catholic church would still be dominant today, and there would be a lack of religious diversity.

“This is a special event,” Roste said. “The orchestra does not partner with the choir every semester or even every year.”

The performance was first discussed two years ago and has been in the planning for over a year, Roste said.

It is intended to be musical event featuring choral and orchestral works of some of the greatest music that has ever been performed with respect the the Reformation, Roste said.

Roste will be conducting the choir of approximately 60 singers, and David Cooke, the conductor of the IPFW Community Orchestra, will be conducting the orchestra of approximately 60 instrumentalists.

Roste anticipates around 500 attendees and is not too concerned the Halloween date will affect the concert’s audience. The event does not start until Fort Wayne’s official trick-or-treat hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m., have ended.

For more information about the event visit https://calendar.ipfw.edu/events/reformation-celebration-10312017730PM.