Music is a vibrant part of worship and congregational life at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. It takes the participation and enthusiasm of many to create the magic and beauty of music that warms and inspires our worship services.
National Concert Band of America – 40th Anniversary Season Concert – March 22, 2015
Review: The concert began with Darius Milhaud’s “Suite Francaise.” This work has four movements: 1. Normandie 2. Bretagne 3. Ile de France 4. Alsace-Lorraine. Kenneth Alfred’s “Colonel Bogey” March followed as an encore. A small chamber work – Georges Enesco’s “Dixtuor for Wind Instruments, Opus 14″ was next on the program. Robert Jager’s “Third Suite”, having three movements: 1. March 2. Waltz 3. Rondo utilized the entire ensemble back on stage. John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March” followed as its encore. As with every National Concert Band of America performance they concluded the program with a Salute to all Veterans – past, present, and future – with “Armed Forces Salute” in an arrangement by Bob Lowden, followed by their “Signature” song – “This Is My Country!”
The Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of ten talented Ugandan children, performrd at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church on March 1, 2015 at 4 pm. All ten children have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide’s Sponsorship Program. They came to spread that hope to audiences all across the United States. These children delighted us with traditional African songs and dances. A pot-luck supper was shared following the concert.
Click here to take a tour of the Saint Martin’s pipe organ and to see the organ stoplist.
The Saint Martin’s Chancel Choir explores five centuries of great sacred repertoire. Gathering for a common purpose unites our singers into a close-knit community of faith and joy. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7 to 8 pm. We also meet on Sundays at 9:15 am to prepare for 10:00 am worship. The choir’s membership includes folks who read music and others who do not read music. We all love to sing, and enjoy the process of learning new pieces. Our choir leads the musical portions of the liturgy, celebrating the rich tradition of Lutheran music. At right, St. Martin’s Chancel Choir Rehearses with Felix Hell, Organist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for the Finale of our 2013-2014 50th Anniversary Concert Series.
Ringing handbells is a focused group activity! Musicians are interconnected by sharing notes in the scale, playing two to six bells. We have four octaves of Schulmerich handbells, allowing us to play a wide variety of music. St. Martin’s Bell Choir gathers several times a year. After several Wednesday rehearsals (6 – 6:45 pm in the sanctuary), we play for worship, then break for a few weeks. Not everyone plays every segment of the year; this allows busy people to participate in this unique musical expression.