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Celebrating History, Celebrating Music, Celebrating the Gospel

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, two choirs are being assembled along with Big Horn Brass, handbells, and organists to present a concert that will honor the legacy that Martin Luther started.  Portland's own Bach Cantata Choir and Lutheran Choral Association will be contributing, while Bruce Neswick and Paul Klemme will be holding forth at the organ.

Rosales Organ at Trinity Cathedral

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 Northwest 19th Avenue

The cathedral's mighty Rosales organ will be used.  Poetry and other readings will also be featured amongst the music.  There will be a brand-new hymn that is being commissioned for the event.  And of course, audience participation will add to the festivities!

Please keep in mind that afternoon includes another activity at the Cathedral and a Timbers game, so parking will be extremely limited.  Trinity's two lots will be available for Cathedral activities, but those are limited in number.  It is highly recommended that everyone take TriMet; the best options are MAX's red and blue lines to the Providence Park stop and walking 3 blocks north, bus lines 15 or 20 to the intersection of E Burnside and 19th and walking north, or bus line 19 to the intersection of NE 19th and Everett/Glisan.

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The logo of the concert was designed by Portland artist Deanna Hart for this event.  It features the Luther Rose, a symbol that was designed by Martin Luther himself.  In a letter, he explained his logo thus (abridged): "There is first to be a cross, black, and placed in a heart, which should be of its natural color (red), to put me in mind that faith in Christ crucified saved us.  Such a heart is to be in the midst of a white rose, to symbolize that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace.  . . . the rose is to be white, not red, for white is the color of the spirits and of all angels.  This rose, moreover, is fixed in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in the Spirit and in faith is a beginning of the future heavenly joy.  It is already a part of faith, and is grasped through hope, even though not yet manifest.  And around this field is a golden ring, to signify that such bliss in heaven is endless, and more precious than all joys and goods, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal."
     Deanna's description of her interpretation: "The rose is the central symbol to what the event celebrates, Luther and his ideals and their reverberating effects on our world. The sense of vibration in the Luther Rose I created harkens to sound, the power of sound, the power of the Luther Rose symbol, and the continuing liveliness of it."

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All concert proceeds will be benefitting Lutheran Community Services, a local non-profit that assists refugees in the Portland area.  You can look at their amazing work on their website,

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Concert sponsors include Thrivent Financial and the Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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