Saturday 28 October 20172:00 PM - 3:30 PMAdd to calendar

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, United StatesView map

Program Description: To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, composer and educator Donivan Johnson (who will be joined by musicians Randi Lithgow and Jennifer Goodnight) will discuss the theological and musical works of both Martin Luther and J.S. Bach. Mr. Johnson will share with his audience the congregational hymns of Luther and how Bach utilized them in his sacred cantatas and organ chorale preludes. Numerous musical excerpts, many of which will be very familiar, will be presented and commented upon. Bach’s Cantatas No. 4 “Christ lay in death’s grim prison” and No. 80 “A mighty fortress is our God” will be highlighted. Donivan will also explore the importance of Luther’s “re-formulation” of the Roman Catholic liturgy and then share how Bach – born, raised and educated in the “heart of Lutherland” – became the most influential composer and church musician of all time in addition to being well-versed in Lutheran theology. *No-host beer and wine reception precedes the program at 2 p.m. **Free parking available on the Museum's campus.

Location: Museum's Eric A. Johnston Auditorium and Helen South Alexander Gallery

Cost: $9, suggested donation

Limit: 180, first-come, first-served

About the Lead Presenter: Donivan Johnson is a composer, lecturer, and K-12 music instructor. He has previously offered six programs at the MAC, most in conjunction with museum exhibitions. In 2009 he and the MAC were the recipients of the prestigious Humanities Washington Award. Donivan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Composition from California State University, Northridge. 

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