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Reformation Organ Concert at Mt Zion

Sunday October 15, 2017, 2 pm
Featuring John A Behnke, Organist and Composer
George Rada, trumpet
Voices of Zion & Festival Bells

Please join us for a Concert honoring the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at Mt Zion, with a reception of food and beverage in the Mt Zion gathering space to follow.

Dr Behnke will perform a variety of organ pieces he has composed, and other music in the Lutheran tradition, including Luther’s A Mighty Fortress. The Mt Zion adult choir, Voices of Zion, and the Festival Bells will also perform, led by Patricia Eby, director, and accompanied by Cynthia Johnson. Mt Zion member George Rada will be performing on trumpet. The free concert will include a free-will offering to help support the music ministry at Mt. Zion.

John A Behnke

Dr. John A Behnke is the organist and choir director at Historic Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee, where he plays on an 1878 Schuelke organ. He is also the director of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble, a community handbell choir. In addition he is the Music Editor for AGEHR Publishing – Handbell Musicians of America.

In 2015, he retired from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin where he was Professor of Music for 29 years having taught organ, graduate handbell courses, and directed The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia’s touring handbell choir.

Dr. Behnke is also a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director.  He is well known composer of church music having over 400 handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan.  A complete works listing can be found online at In March of 2009, he was selected as one of 103 notable people who live and work in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. In March of 2004, he was selected by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as one of the “10 Beautiful Minds” of scholars who help make Milwaukee a brighter place. He has received an ASCAP Composers Award each year for the past 12 years. In May of 1994 he was named Concordia’s “Faculty Laureate.” He was honored in December of 1993 being named “MVP” Most Valuable Player in the Milwaukee area by Milwaukee Sentinel music critic, Nancy Raabe.

Dr. Behnke has four digital CDs entitled “For All Seasons, Vols. 1,2,3, and 4” available of his organ music.  Each is available from Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. or from Dr. Behnke himself after the concert.


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