Public Events Held at Central

Trinity Institute 2017: A Global Theological Conference – Partner Site: Water Justice

March 22-24
Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases. From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.

Be part of Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice, a global conference held in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. This year we’ll hear from Jeffrey Sachs, Christiana Peppard, Winston Halapua, Thabo Makgoba, Katharine Hayhoe, Maude Barlow, and others. There is a nominal cost to attend one or both days. Register here>

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven and Nazaykinskaya: Symphonic Firsts

Sunday, April 2, 4 p.m.
The world premiere of Russian composer Polina Nazaykinskaya’s First Symphony, commissioned by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in honor of Music Director William Schrickel, is paired on this program with the Symphony No. 1 of Beethoven. More information and tickets>

Mater Dolorosa: An Evensong for Holy Week

Palm Sunday, April 9, 4:00 p.m.
A special Holy Week evensong “Mater Dolorosa” will be presented at Central Lutheran. The event, highlighting works of two important Finnish composers, is a part of Finland 100, the national event marking the centenary of Finnish independence. Toivo Kuula’s “Stabat Mater” (1915) in its American premier will serve as the centerpiece. This astonishingly beautiful 25-minute work scored for choir and full orchestra has been described as “impressionism and exoticism meet Mendelssohn.” The Central Choir and members of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will be under the direction of Central Cantor Mark Sedio. Oskar Merikanto’s rarely heard Passacaglia in F# Minor will be performed by organist Stephen Hamilton. In addition, the Augsburg Choir will perform works related to themes found in the Stabat Mater. The concert is free. All are welcome.

Palm Sunday and Easter Worship

  • April 9      Palm Sunday Holy Communion 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 4 p.m. – Toivo Kuula: “Stabat Matter” American premier
  • April 13    Maundy Thursday Holy Communion 7 p.m.
  • April 14    Good Friday Adoration of the Crucified 12 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • April 15    Holy Saturday Great Vigil of Easter 7 p.m.
  • April 16    Easter Sunday
    • Easter Sunrise Devotions in the Columbarium 7:30 a.m.
    • Chorale Eucharist 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Naantali Chamber Choir Concert

Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m.

Reformation Festival

October 27-28
Join us Oct. 27-28 for a Reformation Festival featuring speakers and workshops addressing key Reformation themes in theology and music. Attend a performance on Friday evening by the National Lutheran Choir of “Holy Spirit Mass,” a new choral work commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has been commissioned to write this significant new work.

On Saturday afternoon, the festival will conclude with a worship service at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach and local church choirs will sing. More information and registration>

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2013 Augsburg Advent Vespers