"Spiritual Standards"-- a concert of Jazz improvisations on classic Lutheran hymns, Sunday, October 30, 8pm, at Grace

6_(1_von_1).jpegCritically acclaimed German jazz performers Markus Burger and Jan von Klewitz will play a concert of “Spiritual Standards” at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street in River Forest, on Sunday evening, October 30, at 8 p.m. There is no admission charge for the concert.

Burger and Von Klewitz blend modern jazz improvisation with well-known German hymns, interpreting the chorales while remaining faithful to the music’s roots in the works of J. S. Bach and his predecessors. The duo won the coveted Bach Award from the City of Erfurt for their innovative interpretations. Their album “Spiritual Standards” rose to No. 20 on the German charts when it was released in 2000.

Listen to Markus Burger's arrangement of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" here.

The concert at Grace is part of "The Luther Roadshow 2016," a project designed to highlight the historical relevance of the Reformation, with a special focus on the life and work of Martin Luther. The project is sponsored by the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt in partnership with the German Consulates General of Chicago and Los Angeles.

For more information, call Grace Church at 708-366-6900, or visit www.graceriverforest.org. To sample the music visit www.spiritualstandards.com.