2017 Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium | Sept. 19-20
"Reformation: Transforming the World one door at a time"
The Protestant Reformation was one of the major turning points in Western history and encompassed not only the relationship of faith and reason in religion but also impacted many other dimensions of society including economic, political, social and educational. As we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we will take some time to examine the lessons learned from history while debating how best to reform our current world. Our current generation of students has come of age in a post-September 11 world that has been largely defined by America’s War on Terror, the center of which has been the Middle East. In light of this, and as global citizens, it’s especially important to deepen our understanding of the rich and diverse history and cultures of the Middle East and its people.
The 2017 symposium will explore such questions as:
* What institutions need reforming today? Our churches? Our colleges? Our political system?
* How do we speak truth to power?
* How do we act on our conscience?
* How do we find the causes that make us want to act?
* Why should we want to force change?
Join us as we explore the concept that we, as a community and as individuals, are always reforming. Visit our symposium website for full schedule and speaker bios by clicking on the link below.
2017-18 Cultural Events Series Performances
Tickets are required for all performances. The Offutt Brass performance is free; however, tickets are still required.
Tickets are $25 for Reserved (only available for Memorial Auditorium performances), $20 for Adult General Admission and $10 for Student General Admission (K-12 and college students). There is a $2 discount for senior citizens.
Tickets will be available online at ConcordiaTickets.com starting Sept. 5, 2017. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 218.299.4366. If you would like to place a mail order, please send a request and check made out to Concordia College to Cultural Events Series, 901 8th St S, Moorhead, MN 56562.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.19 | Memorial Auditorium
Offutt Brass, the brass ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Comprised of two trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba and percussion, Offutt Brass showcases the Air Force's excellence, precision, and innovation in every performance. From classical to jazz and popular music, Offutt Brass has something sure to inspire everyone. These talented musicians proudly represent the more than 313,000 Air Force professionals around the world who relentlessly protect and defend the freedoms we cherish.
This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
The Rose Ensemble and Piffaro
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 | Centrum, Knutson Campus Center
The Rose Ensemble and Piffaro perform "The Musical Legacy of Reformation." A monk named Martin Luther set in motion a spiritual movement 500 years ago that would transform church music. In this exciting collaboration with Piffaro, one of the world's finest consort of Renaissance wind instruments, the ensembles present works by first-generation Reformation composers as well as a ground-breaking reconstruction of a 1616 royal baptismal mass. Don't miss this historic concert featuring the strength of 20 musicians on stage and the opportunity to join in singing the iconic hymn "Ein feste burg" (A Mighty Fortress).
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 | Memorial Auditorium
Hailed as "the premiere men's vocal ensemble in the United States" (Fanfare), Cantus enjoys an active schedule of national tour dates, concerts in its home of Minneapolis/St. Paul, educational outreach programs and recordings. Cantus engages audiences in a meaningful music experience and ensure the future of ensemble singing by mentoring young singers and educators. Founded on the ideals of collaborative music-making, the ensemble works to reach new levels of artistic excellence, innovation and audience engagement. Its vision is to give voice to shared human experiences. Cantus is represented by Alliance Artist Managment.
Pianist Charlie Albright
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 | Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsten Hall of Music
Charlie Albright, an American pianist/composer/improviser, has been praised for his "jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality" (The New York Times). Albright regularly works with artists from all genres, including vocalist/conductor Bobby McFerrin, violinist Joshua Bell and revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma. His debut recording, "Vivace," sold thousands of copies and the first of a three-part "Schubert Series" was released in 2017. His compositions and improvisations have been likened to "great Romantic-era composer-pianists" by Classical Source and praised as "thrilling" by the DG Metro Theatre Arts. Albright is also sought after as a speaker, master class instructor, teacher and competition judge.
Langston Hughes Project
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 | Centrum, Knutson Campus Center
The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia performance featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet of Hughes' kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite "Ask your Mama," his homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a 12-part epic poem scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel, boogie woogie, African drumming, and more - a masterwork left unperformed at his death. This performance links Hughes' poetry to images of Ask Your Mama's people, places and events and the works of visual artists Hughes admired or collaborated with over the course of his career. Together the words, sounds and images recreate a magical moment in our cultural history.
Apollo Chamber Players
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 | Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsten Hall of Music
The Houston-based Apollo Chamber Players has "found fruitful territory" (Houston Chronicle) through its mission to explore the cultural and folkloric influences in classical music. Apollo presents thematically programmed concerts regionally and nationally including two recent tours of the East Coast. The ensemble's debut album earned "Album of the Week" honors by WQXR in New York City. Passionate about arts education, the ensemble curates culturally-enriching programs for performance through Young Audience of Houston, and it has performed concerts and presented master classes for schools and festivals across the country.
If you have special needs, please let us know. In an effort to make our programs and activities accessible to all interested people, we ask that those individuals requiring accommodations for special needs please contact the Cultural Events Office at (218) 299-4366 two weeks prior to the event.
- Hearing assistant systems to amplify stage dialogue or music can be made available if reservations are made in advance.
- Wheelchair accessible seating is available. Please indicate the number of wheelchair seats needed at the time of ticket order so that we may properly seat you in the facility.
- Braille or large print programs are available. A minimum of 14 days advance notice is required.
- American Sign Language interpreters may be provided for appropriate performances. A minimum of 14 days advance notice is required.
- Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TTD/TTY) service is available by calling (218) 291-1120.