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 nine 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.


As we enter our 10th season, we celebrate God’s blessings and your generous support with the establishment of the St. John’s Fine Arts Scholar Award. This scholarship will be presented to a young person studying the fine arts at a college level during our Sunday morning church services on September 18, 2016.

Upcoming Concerts

All events will 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 will be gathered. We will also be showcasing the work of local visual artists during the reception following each performance. In most cases, their work will be available for purchase.

Ren PhotoSeptember 18, 2016
Renaissance Quintet/Sounds of the 20th Century

This highly regarded string ensemble plays music of the 20th Century, including the music of Beach, Debussy, Gershwin, de Falla, Korngold, Shostakovich, Prokoviev, Britten, and Schickele. The program promises to be a musical journey against the backdrop of technological, political and cultural changes of the past century, involving the jazz era, World War I, the golden age of Hollywood, the Stalinist Soviet Union, and more. Members of the ensemble are Marika Panton, Kinga Banas-Zadlo, Emilysue Reichardt, Lisa Janisch, and Erik Stolzer.

Burkhardt picOctober 23, 2016
Michael Burkhardt/Reformation Festival featuring Organ and Chorus

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation, and Burkhardt’s program will kick off a year-long celebration of the historic event. Burkhardt, an internationally renowned composer/organist/choral director, is in frequent demand as a choral clinician, organ recitalist, and hymn festival leader. He is currently Director of Worship and the Arts at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan, Director of Worship and the Arts for the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Artistic Director of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble. He is a past member of the music faculty of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

PicFebruary 12, 2017
An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln

Max and Donna Daniels portray the 16th President of the United States and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. Their original two-person play will dramatize the final evening of the President’s life, as they prepare to attend a play at Ford’s Theatre. The program will be presented on Lincoln’s birthday. Max and Donna Daniels have an extensive background in theatre and have been portraying Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln professionally since 1988. They are past Vice-Presidents of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters and have received its awards for “Best Abraham,” “Best Mary,” “Best Abraham and Mary Lincoln Team,” and “Lincoln Legend.”

Choir photoMarch 5, 2017
Collegiate Choir of Illinois Wesleyan University

The Collegiate Choir is dedicated to the performance of the finest sacred and secular choral music of the past six centuries. Members of the choir are selected by audition and maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule in preparation for their annual concert tour and other engagements throughout the year. The choir has collaborated with professional ensembles such as The King’s Singers and the Orchid Ensemble. The choir is under the direction of Dr. J. Scott Ferguson, director of choral activities at Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. Ferguson’s choral ensembles have received critical acclaim for their “exquisite discipline, enthusiastic singing and total responsiveness.”


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.