Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
-- Martin Luther
About the Series
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From its inception, music has always been central to the Lutheran Church and making fine music available to the public for education and enjoyment is a mission Martin Luther himself felt was critical to the church. New Hope Lutheran Church shares this passion for music and its continued exposure to the wider public.Andreas Lowe speaks more directly about this in his work Luther’s Theory of Music, saying: Both in its essence and in its use, ‘this noble art is far greater and richer than could be recounted in this brief space’, Luther noted in conclusion [speaking of the preface that he wrote for Symphoniae lucundae]. Music pointed beyond itself to the Creator of all things, and enabled human beings to recognize glimpses of God in this world. Its beauty could effect a profound response of love in humans, both for the Creator and for his creature music. Music was the principal instrument through which humans were able to express their response of love for God and his gifts, giving voice to human ‘laud and praise’. It was also a powerful force to promote goodness and to overcome evil, both in society and within the universe, Luther believed: this ‘delectable, salutary and joyful creature of God’ made it possible for all people, especially the young, to develop a permanent habit of ‘shunning evil thoughts and the avoidance of evil company as well as sinful behavior’. Building up such a habit relied both on the individual’s recognition of the salutary function of music and their assiduous practice.
In keeping with these values, New Hope Lutheran Church is proud to offer The Phil Kramer Artists’ Recital Series highlighting the best in local and national talent and the wonderful Parson’s Pipe Organ that resides in our Sanctuary. It is our wish and our hope that we will inspire the larger community of Fort Bend County and the Houston Metropolitan Area with the programs presented in this series and inspire in the young and the old, the artisan and the novice, the staunch critic and the enthusiastic listener, a greater love of music, deeper spiritual devotion and a desire to explore the richness of life that is made possible by our creator and our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ.