CHOIR & CONCERTS
MUSIC AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
It has been wonderful this summer to keep members of our choir active, even while the choir with its regular rehearsals is “officially” on vacation. On an ad hoc basis, our friends Larry Hines, Judy Warner, Kendell and Kay Nordstrom Ed Neubauer, Cheryl Kitto and Marawa Stanley have been contributing when they are able. If you are thinking of singing in the choir, but are being timid, this might be a good time for you to come up front with us and give it a try. In a little over a month our student members will return and we will begin rehearsing for our fall music. Rehearsals will begin (presumably) Wednesday August 27, at 7 pm (unless, because of class schedules we rehearse on Tuesday evenings). We would love to add you to our full and wonderful group.
MUSICA MAXIMA offers three wonderful concerts this fall. We begin with the return appearance of the great Ukrainian organist, Volodymyr Koshuba, on Friday evening, September 26, at 7:30 pm. Mr. Koshuba has performed for us several times in his American tours, and he is always a sensation and a delight. We hope you will come to share in this joyous time. In addition to the music, Mr. Koshuba will be able to speak of the situation in his homeland and in his native city, Kiev.
Another returning artist is Sonia Lee, harpsichordist. An international keyboard artist and President of the Early Keyboard Society of North America, her performances, as we have witnessed here, are virtuosic and compelling. Sunday, October 26 at 3 pm is Sonia’s concert.
The final concert of the year is Sunday, December 21, at 3 pm. I will be joined by the outstanding young organist, Adrian Binkley, as the two of us offer organ masterpieces and seasonal carol singing. Adrian, who has appeared at our church previously, is a senior at the Interlochen Academy for the Arts in Michigan. He has performed and participated in workshops in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Michigan, and in his home state of Wisconsin. I was one of his earlier teachers.
We hope soon to have news of concerts in winter/spring of 2015.
Admission is free to the concerts, but you can help support with a freewill offering, which we receive at each program to help in the expenses of bringing these artists to you.
All ages join in on the fun!