t. John’s Artist Series began as a way to introduce our congregation to the community through the arts, and as a way to facilitate our mission: to equip our members to extend Christ to the world.
“Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the springs and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” — Psalm 150:3-6
Who knew, when we began our Artist Series in 2007, that we would still be welcoming artists and audiences to our church campus ten years later? With the start of a new season, we continue to offer programs of high quality with a varied view of what “art” consists of. Music, dance, drama, visual arts such as painting and sculpture – all have found their way into our programming in one season or another. We continue to seek talented artists who will maintain what has become a congregational and community tradition. Of interest, too, is the fact that we have been able to accomplish all this without cost of any kind to the congregation.
All events begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. Concerts take place in the church Sanctuary unless otherwise noted. No tickets are sold, but a freewill offering is gathered. We also showcase the work of local visual artists during the reception following each performance. In most cases, their work is available for purchase.
2017-18 Concert Season
St, John’s Artist Series has been richly blessed to welcome fine artists from our local Chicago area, as well as artists renowned nationally and internationally. To God be the glory as we present our 2017-18 concert season. Please join us!
September 10, 2017
Redekopp and Edwards, Duo Pianists
The husband-and-wife collaboration of Karin Redekopp and Mark Edwards, a piano duo team, will lead off our season. Their twenty fingers will grace the eighty-eight keys of the Yamaha piano in St. John’s sanctuary. Prior piano virtuosi appearing in the Series included such notables as Jim Hendricks and Chicago jazz great Willie Pickens, but never has the Artist Series presented a pair of performers playing the same instrument simultaneously. Each a piano virtuoso in his/her own right, they will join together to make amazing music on a single keyboard.
October 15, 2017
Dr. Steve Wente, Organ
Last fall, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Protestant Reformation, we presented a hymn festival by noted composer and organist Michael Burkhardt. This season, bringing the anniversary year’s celebration full circle, will feature an organ recital by Dr. Steven Wente, music department chair at Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Wente is widely known as an organ and liturgical scholar.
November 26, 2017
Camille and Kennerly Kitt, the Harp Twins
A pair of amazingly talented young women who happen to be sisters – and twins at that – will appear in the Artist Series on November 26. Graduates of Wheaton College’s Music Conservatory, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, internationally known as the Harp Twins, will perform on their concert grand harps, as well as their remarkable electronic instruments. Smashing boundaries between different genres of music, the duo has amassed over a million fans across their social media sites and over 50 million views on their YouTube music videos.
February 4, 2018
Wheaton College Gospel Choir
Audiences will clap their hands and stomp their feet to the sounds of the Wheaton College Gospel Choir. Formed by students in 1986 and ranging among various backgrounds and cultures, the choir has expanded its campus ministry to include churches, homeless shelters, schools, and even prisons as they carry the Gospel of Christ throughout the area through their music. Their highly charged and energetic programs have earned them rave reviews wherever they have appeared. Preview their “joyful noise” here.
April 15, 2018
To complete the 2017-2018 Artist Series, St. John’s will welcome Trillium, a quartet performing an energetic array of Celtic, ragtime, bluegrass, and Dixieland music, using a remarkable range of instruments, including fiddle, bass, hammered dulcimer, and more.
Support the Series
The St. John’s Artist Series is open to the public. No tickets are sold. It is supported entirely through free-will offerings and individual support. Your generous tax-deductible contribution, payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church, will enable us to plan additional programs in the future. You may send or drop off your contribution at any time. Please specify “Artist Series” in the memo line of your check. Select the level of support from the following:
- Premiere – $500 or more
- Benefactor – $250 to $499
- Sustainer – $100 to $249
- Guarantor – $75 to $99
- Sponsor – $50 to $74
- Patron – $25 to $49
- Supporter – up to $24
For more information please contact the church office.