A Reformation Hymn Fest, part of a series of events to mark the anniversary of the Reformation, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave in Corvallis.
The hymn fest will feature Reformation-era music with Paul Klemme of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem as organist, a choir with more than 50 area singers and percussion. The event is free; refreshments will follow the program.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the event that marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
To observe this event, Reformation@500-Corvallis has been planned as a campus- and community-wide celebration that is funded by Oregon State University and several area churches.
It focuses on the religious, cultural, artistic and musical influence of the Reformation in a program that features 10 events during October and November. The events include Sunday's Reformation Hymn Sing; a performance of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5, the Reformation Symphony on Nov. 20 by the OSU-Corvallis Symphony Orchestra; two professionally directed films about Martin Luther; and lectures by scholars from OSU. A full schedule of events can be found at http://luther-house.org/programs/reformation500/