The opening hymn festival at the October 2018 Concordia University Chicago Lectures in Church Music featured pieces commissioned by Bill and Nancy Raabe. Works were presented by composers Behnke, Busarow, Cherwien, Hildebrand, Hobby, Kempke, Kohrs, Ore, Pelz, Schack, and Schalk.
The event also featured “Love is the Key,” for which composer Zebulon Highben received the 2011 ALCM Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition.
Musical leadership was provided by Steven Wente at the organ, and by the Concordia Kapelle, conducted by Charles P Brown.
A video of the event is posted at https://vimeo.com/296331597