St John’s Church Tour & Mini-Concert
Step through the doors to this soon-to-be 200 year old sanctuary with Pastor Mark Erson as he shares with you the history of its structure, its theological evolution and its relationship with the west village social conscience and vast artistic community.
- Survey of the diversity of stained glass that is housed in the sanctuary including examples of Munich glass.
- Learn how St. John’s evolved into an immigrant church in a rapidly changing 19th & early 20th Century Greenwich Village and hear about the evolution of the West Village
- View artifacts and documents from the church’s archives
- See how this historic church is engaging the creative spirit of the West Village
- Enjoy a mini-concert by Dr. Janet Sora Chung
About this Event:
When St. John’s Lutheran Church was built in 1821, the West Village was considered the northern frontier of New York City. Now its Pastor Mark Erson of St John’s Lutheran Church at 81 Christopher Street invites you to step through the doors to this soon-to-be 200 year old sanctuary as he shares with you the history of its structure, its theological evolution and its relationship with the west village social conscience and vast artistic community.
About Janet Sora Chung:
Dr. Janet Sora Chung is an organist, violinist and educator in New York City where she is Music Director & Organist at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, garnering the Bronson Ragan Award for outstanding ability in organ performance.
Chung’s interpretations of Messiaen and Bach have met with acclaim. She has performed at St. Mary the Virgin, St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center, the University of Scranton, Winspear Centre and Riverside Church.
She loves to arrange pieces for solo organ and for organ and saxophone duo. To expand this repertoire, she and Jay Rattman (saxophone) have commissioned or premiered works by Walter Hilse, Rachel Laurin, James Chirillo and transcribed pieces by Debussy and others. She recently premiered her arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for St. John’s Lutheran Church’s 200 Years: A Sacred Space Celebration.
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