David Cherwien, organist, in Sounds from the Sanctuary Concert/Hymn Festival

David Cherwien
David Cherwien

Staff Report

First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Third St., Rockford, offers the second in its eclectic Sounds from the Sanctuary 2014-15 concert series when it presents David Cherwien, organist, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9, at the church. He will lead a Hymn Festival that includes area Lutheran church members and friends singing in a mass choir.

Dr. Cherwien serves as cantor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, and music director for the National Lutheran Choir, also based in the Twin Cities. Cherwien completed the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance, and the master of arts degree in theory and composition, both from the University of Minnesota. He has distinguished himself among American organists by playing entire church services with very little reference to printed music. In the European tradition of church organists, he composes or improvises much of the music he plays in a worship setting.

Cherwien has published an extensive amount of choral music, liturgical music for choir, organ and congregation, and has written Let the People Sing, a practical guide for those who lead congregations in song. He has produced CDs of choral music with the National Lutheran Choir, as well as hymns, organ arrangements and entire hymn festivals.

The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received.

First Lutheran, corner of Third and Oak streets, is in the heart of Rockford’s historic Haight Village. A large parking lot sits adjacent to the church. Street parking and nearby public lots are also available. First Lutheran is handicap accessible.

For more about the concert series, contact First Lutheran at (815) 962-6691.

Posted Nov. 5, 2014

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