Pilgrim Fine Arts Series

The Pilgrim Fine Arts Series seeks to use the arts as a ministry to enrich lives, express the depth of faith, build bridges between people in the community, and open people to spiritual growth.  We partner with area churches' concert series; such as St. Christopher's Episcopal Church's Music on Main concert series. Download our brochure

2016 - 2017 PILGRIM FINE ARTS SERIES SCHEDULE

WOMEN MAKE MUSIC - THE PIANO DUO OF DR. REBECCA SORLEY AND ALLEGRA SORLEY 
Sunday, October 2, 2016 | 4:00 PM
Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Free-will offering

Pianists Rebecca and Allegra Sorley present a program of works for piano solo and duet by women along with commentary about the composers. Dr. Rebecca Sorley has studied the music of women composers for many years and has worked to bring music by this underrepresented group to audiences around the country. She will perform selections from Fanny Mendelssohn’s Das Jahr and Judith Lang Zaimont’s A Calendar Set, featuring pieces named for each month of the year, as well as Hoosier Rag by Julia Niebergall. Allegra will present solo selections by Amy Beach as well as Snoopy Does the Samba from the Peanuts Gallery of Ellen Zwilich. The pianists join forces on duets including Summer Dreams by Amy Beach, selections from Judith Lang Zaimont’s jazzy Snazzy Sonata, and Gavel Patter of Libby Larsen, based on the rhythms of auctioneers.

Dr. Rebecca Sorley holds the position of Professor of Music at the University of Indianapolis where she is Director of Student Support and Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration. She teaches piano to all levels from Pre-College through Piano Majors. Allegra Sorley recently earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Ohio University while also pursuing a graduate equivalency in Music Therapy. In the 2015-16 season, Allegra was the resident artist accompanist for the Indianapolis Opera where she collaborated with vocalists on an educational outreach program which toured throughout the state of Indiana. She is currently a music therapy intern in the Indianapolis area and is working toward becoming a board-certi ed music therapist.


 

A VISIT FROM HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Free-will offering

Anderson University professor of English Dr. Kevin Radaker will portray Henry David Thoreau in this highly acclaimed one-man show. Radaker presents the provocative, eloquent words of Henry Thoreau, America’s mid-nineteenth-century apostle of the wilderness, social critic, and political dissenter. This interactive program will entertain, educate, and inspire! This monologue is set in 1860 when America was poised on the brink of the Civil War. Railroad and industry were changing the character and pace of our lives, and few Americans had begun to consider the value of our wild lands. Thoreau’s words can help us today as we face ecological issues of climate change, pollution, habitat loss, and as we seek to be good stewards of God’s creation.


 

HOPE COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR IN CONCERT
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Free-will offering

The Hope College Chapel Choir, from Holland, Michigan, was founded in 1938, has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and has traveled abroad on numerous occasions. The 40-voice choir is featured in Hope College’s long-standing tradition, Christmas Vespers, the award-winning PBS television broadcast of which can be seen around the country at Christmastime. The 40-voice ensemble, comprising student musicians from a wide variety of academic disciplines, is dedicated to the performance of the nest sacred and secular choral music. Come be inspired by this group of talented young singers!

Dr. Brad Richmond is in his 17th year as Director of Choral Activities at Hope College, where he teaches conducting and voice, and directs the Chapel Choir and College Chorus. Richmond’s choral compositions are published by MorningStar Music Publishers and Mark Foster Music Company.


COMING SOON IN FALL OF 2017!

Pilgrim is proud to announce the installation of a new pipe organ in January 2017. Mark your calendars for two concerts celebrating this instrument:

ORGAN DEDICATION CONCERT
Friday, September 8, 2017
Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Join us for Pilgrim's Organ Dedication Concert performed by Todd Wilson, professor of organ at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH. 

500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION HYMN FESTIVAL
Friday, October 13, 2017
Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Join us for this celebratory 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Hymn Festival performed by David Cherwien, cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN and noted church musician and improviser. 

Pilgrim’s new organ is a two manual, 37 rank instrument built by John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders of Champaign, Illinois. Pilgrim is excited to have a new instrument to lead music in worship and to provide concerts for the community.


For more information, to make a donation to the Series, or to be put on the Series mailing list, contact Sarah Williams at 317.846.2221 ext 1208 or .