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Reformation 500: A Celebration

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Saint Davids Episcopal Church

4700 Roland Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21210

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St. David’s celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation with music of J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn in this special festival service.

According to a number of accounts, on October 31st, 1527, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses – the set of complaints against the Roman church’s policy on indulgences – to the door of All Saints’, the Wittenberg Schlosskirche. The actions taken by Luther and his compatriots led to the Protestant Reformation, altering the course of European religious, social, political, and artistic history.

St. David’s commemorates this anniversary with the performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, inspired by one of Luther’s most famous chorales, “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” performed by the Choir of St. David’s and a festival chamber orchestra. The service will also include the final movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony (composed in 1830 for the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, a key document in the Reformation), performed in a special organ reduction by Choirmaster and Organist Douglas Buchanan.

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