Benefit concert at First Presbyterian Church

ESCANABA — On Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m., the choirs of First Presbyterian Church will present a concert to benefit the rebuilding effort at historic Trinity Lutheran Church of Milwaukee, Wis. Trinity Lutheran suffered a devastating fire on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, and is currently undergoing renovation at an estimated cost of $17 million. The church was built in 1878 and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.

First Presbyterian’s Director of Music, Ann Wood, first went to Trinity Lutheran when she was a graduate student in church music at Concordia University Wisconsin. One of her professors, Dr. John Behnke, is the organist at Trinity Lutheran, and he invited the grad students to worship at his church. Dr. Behnke has been a good friend to Wood and to First Presbyterian Church, playing the dedication recital when the church organ was refurbished and leading a hymn festival at the church to celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2016.

The choirs have decided to perform this concert to raise money to assist Trinity Lutheran in the extensive rebuilding effort now underway. The public is invited to enjoy a program of music that reflects the history of Trinity Lutheran Church. The varied program includes well-known hymns, spirituals, original compositions, and even a Beatles tune.

A free-will offering will be received, all of which will be forwarded to Dr. Behnke for his church. The Sanctuary Choir, First Bells, and a brass ensemble will perform, and light refreshments will be served following the program at First Presbyterian, 819 1st Avenue South, Escanaba.

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