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Mass in G Major, by Franz Schubert, to be presented at Louisville Seminary

by Louisville Seminary | May 03, 2007
The final chapel service of the spring semester at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will take place Friday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel, and will include the Mass in G Major (D. 167) by Franz Schubert.

This service, which is open to the public, will feature The Seminary Choir, soloists, string ensemble, and organ, under the direction of Dr. Thomas E. Goetz, Seminary choir director, organist, and professor of music.

Adam Fischer, Student Body President and third-year Master of Divinity student, will preach the sermon. Friday services at Louisville Seminary also include The Lord's Supper, which is open to all Christians.

“The Lord’s Supper has been at the center of Christian worship from the beginning,” said Goetz. Musical mass settings generally include several of the essential elements of the liturgy which have been a part of Christian worship for two millennia: The Kyrie (Lord, have mercy), Gloria (Glory to God in the highest), Credo (Creed), Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy), Benedictus (Blest is the One who comes in the name of the Lord), and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

Since joining the Louisville Seminary community in 1996, Goetz has presented numerous sacred musical services, including Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Opus 48; Handel’s Messiah; the majestic Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lay in the bonds of death) by Johann Sebastian Bach; Vivaldi’s Gloria; Robert Ray’s jubilant Gospel Mass; and the annual Service of Lessons and Carols during Advent.

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was a native of Vienna, Austria, and is known as one of the great Viennese master composers. “Schubert’s Mass in G Major is permeated with a feeling of song, rather than lengthy polyphonic, coloratura, or instrumental passages, and reflects the meaning of the words, so that the listener is drawn into a spiritual connection that is deeper than the text itself,” said Goetz.

Goetz has devoted his entire career to church music. He has served churches and institutions of higher learning as a professor of music, organist, and director of music ministries. Currently he serves as the director of music ministries at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville.

Goetz earned the Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he also served as organist at Alice Millar Chapel. He is active as a clinician in church music and has made presentations for the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and various universities and colleges.

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