Concert Series for 2016
The Tabernacle Sacred Concert Series begins in January 2016 with four outstanding concerts. All of the concerts are free, and no tickets are required. We hope you will come to each concert – we know you will be blessed.
Kelley Lorencin – Singer and Songwriter – January 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Kelley Lorencin can't remember life without music. She began playing violin at the age of three, but her violin lessons quickly transitioned to piano lessons after she started playing her violin songs on the piano. After many years of classical piano training, her passion for music and God spilled over into songwriting and, finally, singing.
Kelley has won a number of awards as a classical pianist and has also been a featured singer on international television and radio broadcasts. She is also a published author and writes a weekly blog of Bible poetry on her website: www.kelleylorencin.com
As a church music director, Kelley enjoys "tampering" (as her husband, David, calls it) with songs in order to bring a fresh vibrancy to worship. Her debut album, No Night, features several hymns with either words or music rewritten so listeners can "hear" the songs in a new way. Her Christmas album, Midnight Clear, features the familiar words of carols with all-new music.
Kelley's one passion in life is to help others learn more about God. Every song she sings — in fact, all of life, she would say — is about Him. You can expect to hear grace, peace, and, most of all, hope in her music.
Kelley lives in Battle Creek with her husband David and their two daughters
Steve Martin – Musician – February 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Steve Martin began his teaching career at North Shore Adventist Academy in Chicago, Illinois in the fall of 1983. He currently continues his role there as the band director, physical education teacher, and vice-principal. As an educator, he received the Zapara Excellence In Teaching Award, and has been listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and the National Honor Roll's Outstanding American Teachers.
Martin’s education includes bachelor's degrees in both music (classical guitar emphasis) and physical education from Southern Adventist University. He also has a master's degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music.
Steve received a banjo for Christmas when he was 10 years old. It sparked a passion to learn more instruments, continuing with him picking up the concertina in October 2014. This has expanded his collection to 30+ brass, woodwinds, strings, and other various folk instruments. His instrumental versatility has not only been an important asset to teaching his elementary and junior high band students, but has also drawn him into performing a wide variety of styles and venues, such as the Voice of Prophecy Family Reunion Concerts, pit musician in some of Chicago’s theaters, and parades/parties/festivals with the Kings of Dixieland, to name a few.
In 2013, Steve’s professional band, the Shamrock Ragsters, had their debut at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with a benefit concert to celebrate his daughter, Karly, being cancer free for 10 years.
Steve is married to Mary FitzGerald, from Green Bay, WI, and has two daughters, Karly and Katie.
Buddy Houghtaling – Singer and Songwriter – March 26 – 7:30 p.m.
Buddy Houghtaling is a Christian singer and songwriter. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, singing at churches, camp meetings, youth rallies, and other Christian gatherings. He can also be seen on Three Angels Network as a solo artist, as well as on the 3ABN show, Kid’s Time.
Buddy has a creative and unique flair for writing. His lyrics weave the stories of Christ’s love, His grace, and His mercy. His most recent project points listeners to the great day when Jesus will come in “One of Those Clouds” of glory.
When he’s not performing concerts with his band, called “The Holy Molars” in honor of his profession, Buddy is a dentist in Battle Creek, where he lives with his wife Tina and their six children.
Jaime Jorge – Violinist – April 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Jaime Jorge began playing the violin at the age of five. Born and raised in communist Cuba, he was given many opportunities-including offers to study in Moscow with some of the greatest musicians of our time-if only he and his family would renounce their belief in God. They refused. When Jaime was ten, miraculously, his family was given the opportunity to leave the country.
They came to the United States, where Jaime received a Christian education and violin lessons with eminent violinist and teacher Cyrus Forough. But Jaime dreamed of being a missionary doctor, and in 1994 he entered the University of Illinois School of Medicine. In 1996, he left medical school and a promising medical career to devote himself to full-time music ministry.
Since 1988 he has traveled over 6 million air miles and has played in North, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa (6 continents in all and over 50 countries). He has recorded and released 17 albums.