Fort Plain church plans celebration

FORT PLAIN — The Old Palatine Church on Route 5 will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at 4 p.m. Sunday with a festival of hymns featuring music on the pipe organ and lessons about the music’s history, which dates back to 17th-century Germany.

A festival choir will be made up of volunteer singers from churches from around the area. The choir will meet an hour before the event for a rehearsal, a news release said.

The guest pastors and lay leaders will present the history of each hymn on the program. Settings will precede the congregational singing of each hymn, written by early and contemporary composers such as Bach, Pachelbel, Cherwein, Clarke and Hobby.

The guest organist and program coordinator, Roberta Rowland-Raybold from First Lutheran Church, Albany, will include several compositions of Rowland-Raybold in the program. The event is open to the public.

By Patricia Older

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