Jörg Dähnhardt Receives Boltzius Award
Consul General Lutz Görgens presents the Boltzius Award to Jörg Dähnhardt (right)
After the service of the German Church Atlanta last Sunday, Jörg Dähnhardt was honored by Consul General Lutz Görgens as the fourth recipient of the Boltzius Award for his commitment to the preservation and enjoyment of German culture. Dähnhardt has volunteered his services as the German Church's organist for more than a decade, entertaining attendees with the music of Händel, Telemann, and Bach.
"Jörg Dähnhardt's skillful presentation of the works of these composers has provided the German-American community with many musical highlights and a better understanding of the depth and beauty of German Baroque music," commented Consul General Görgens during the presentation.
The Boltzius award, named after German pastor Johann Martin Boltzius, was recently established to thank extraordinary citizens in the Southeastern United States for their ongoing commitment in promoting the German language and culture as well as the friendship between our two countries.
Boltzius, born 1703 in the German town Forst, served as senior minister to the Salzburger community at Ebenezer from 1735 to 1765. As a driving force during the formative years of the Georgia colony, he inspired his contemporaries through vision and leadership. The Boltzius Award recipients have similar qualities. They are commited individuals from all walks of life who inspire people today to learn about Germany and the German language by promoting a modern image of German culture and foster the international exchange of thoughts and ideas.