3 pm - Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble

  • 28 Oct 2017
  • 3:00 PM
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 N Genesee St., Delafield, WI

Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble is made up of faculty and alumni of the University of Chicago and features area organist, Jared Stellmacher, now music director and organist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) in southwest Madison. Jared is a native of Ripon, Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Music and Yale University (Masters) and the Sacred Institute of Music. Gargoyle brass quintet takes their name from the many diverse gargoyles on the campus buildings at the historic University of Chicago campus. They have produced professional recordings and have performed at the Overture Center in Madison in recent years.

Mark Gould, music coordinator at CTK, will collaborate with the CTK choir and handbells on two numbers: “The Church is One Foundation” (arr. Cathy Moklebust) featuring brass, organ, choir and handbells with audience sing-along, and “Let all the World in Every Corner Sing” (Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Five Mystical Songs”) with massed choir from CTK and Nashotah House Seminary.

Brass and organ are fitting ways to mark the rich musical heritage of the Lutheran Reformation. Martin Luther composed many hymns, a motet, and the German Mass. He loved to play and sing music in church and at home, playing lute and singing with a fine tenor voice. Brass holds a special place in the Lutheran musical tradition with almost every German Lutheran congregation featuring their “Posaunenchor” (literally “trombone choir”, but really a brass choir with diverse instruments). This is a uniquely Lutheran tradition. Organs were protected by Luther’s personal intervention against iconoclasts who wanted to rip out all statues and even organs from traditional places of worship. Lutherans have celebrated the unique gift of God’s blessed gift of music to make the Word of God come alive to heart, mind, and soul. Luther did not fear the sensual power of music but celebrated it. For Augustine and Luther alike music is the bonum donum Dei, the good gift of God.

This professional concert will be supported by CTK’s organ fund and a free will offering will be received. A small reception will follow.

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass Quintet began in 1992 as a chamber group of faculty and students at the University of Chicago, whose campus architecture boasts a charming variety of the ensemble’s namesake. By 2006, the ensemble had slowly professionalized and established a residency in the western suburbs at a major church with a full-time professional church and concert organist. Over the next five years, the group transformed itself into a specialized brass and organ concert ensemble.

Today’s Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble is comprised of classically trained adult musicians and performs a wide variety of repertoire in an equally diverse range of settings. The group has toured Minnesota, performed major liturgical works, commissioned and recorded exciting new works, given concerts for chapters of the American Guild of Organists, The Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble continues to remain at the cutting edge of music for brass and organ, commissioning new compositions for brass and organ, and entertaining audiences well into its third decade of existence.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Christ the King’s Music Ministry Coordinator, Mark Gould, or (262) 646-2343.

Christ the King Lutheran Church is led by  The Rev. Dr. Lindsay Paul Jordan, Sr. PastorWe are committed to being a congregation that excels in ministries of worship and music, children and youth, adult education and outreach. All are welcome to join us. Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at 1600 N. Genesee Street in Delafield, WI 53018. Please visit for more information or call (262) 646-2343.

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