–Hear Petr Eben organ cycle July 21 and join in hymn sing on July 24—

Princeton, NJ, June 26, 2013–Princeton Seminary’s weeklong summer Institutes of Theology and Worship offers two free community concerts. Michael Bauer, professor of church history and organ at the University of Kansas, will perform Petr Eben’s dramatic eight-movement organ cycle, “Job,” on Sunday, July 21 at 4:00 p.m. The concert will be held in Miller Chapel on Princeton Theological Seminary’s main campus.

michael bauer organThe performance is based on an interpretation of the character of Job in the Hebrew scriptures, and begins the weeklong Institutes of Theology and Worship. Bauer is the author of the forthcoming book Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God’s People (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company).  

On Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m., Mary Louise Bringle, professor of philosophy and religious studies and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College, will lead a hymn sing, “Singing of Wisdom,” in Miller Chapel.

Bringle began writing hymns in 1999. Since that time, she has won numerous international hymn-writing competitions and has been featured as an “emerging text writer” by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She currently serves as president of The Hymn Society and chair of the committee to create a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church USA.

The hymn sing is part of the Hymn Festival, which is being held in conjunction with the Institutes of Theology and Worship. The festival will introduce hymns from the new hymnal Glory to God, that is being prepared for Presbyterian churches. It includes musical gifts from Christians of all times and places.

mary louise bringleBoth the organ concert and the hymn sing are free and open to the public.

The Institutes of Theology and Worship will be held at Princeton Theological Seminary July 21 through 26. For more information, visit http://www.ptsem.edu/scvm/ or call 609.497.7990.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, non-profit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.