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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Performers for 2015 Lenten Series Announced

Noonday recitals for the 2015 Lenten season are announced below.
Robert Hart – Flute
Friday, February 20, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.
Nicholas Schmelter – Organ
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Carl Angelo – Organ
Friday, March 6, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Steven Egler – Organ
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.
James Gladstone – Organ
Friday, March 20, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.
The Choir of St. Lorenz Middle School
Friday, March 27, 2015 | 12:15 p.m.

Friends of Music Series of Recitals - Winter/Spring 2015

The Friends of Music Series of Recitals for Winter-Spring 2015 is announced.  Further information will be published in coming days.
Mike Brush and Julie Mulady - The American Songbook
A Program to Benefit the CAN Council and Friends of Music
February 6, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.

Exultate Deo Chamber Choir - Music of Holy Week
Choral Selections, Hymns, and organ Works for the Sacred Season
Good Friday, April 3, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Marilyn Keiser - Organ Recital
A Recital by a Master Organist Completing the Organ Dedication Year
May 15, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 19 - Advent Noonday Recital, James Gladstone

December 19, 2014
12:15 p.m.

James Gladstone

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
David Lowe
(b. 1946)

Once in Royal David’s City                                                                                     
David Cherwien
(b. 1957)

Two Settings of Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
Johann Sebastian Bach

Two Christmas Hymns for Organ                                                                          
J. Wayne Kerr
(b. 1958)

A Carol Improvisation (“Greensleeves”)                             
Charles W. Ore
(b. 1936)

Prelude on Divinum Mysterium
Thomas Giordano
(b. 1945)

Toccata on “We Three Kings of Orient Are”
Franklin Ashdown
(b. 1942)

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Special Christmas Greeting

2014 was an exciting musical year highlighted by the completion of the Skinner organ project.  In appreciation, and to communicate three beloved Christmas melodies, Nicholas Schmelter is sharing three extemporizations on carols that are available on Soundcloud.  Click the links below to listen to these pieces recorded live in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church on November 24. Thanks to technician Ken Wuepper.

            Angels We Have Heard on High (GLORIA)
            In the Bleak Midwinter (CRANHAM)
            O Little Town of Bethlehem (ST LOUIS)

As always, thank you for your interest in the music ministries and outreach of First Congregational Church and for your generous support.

December 12 - Advent Noonday Recital, Nicholas Schmelter and James Royle

December 12, 2014
12:15 p.m.

Nicholas Schmelter

James Royle


Choral Prelude on “Greensleeves”                                                                         
Alec Rowley

A Christmas Carol                                                                                                   
Alec Rowley


            First Part


1.      Christmas Eve

2.      Marley’s Ghost

3.      The First of the Three Spirits

4.      Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball


Second Part


1.      The Second of the Three Spirits

2.      The Awakening

3.      The Last of the Spirits

4.      Scrooge’s Redemption

5.      Christmas Day

Noonday Recitals Continue December 12

Mark your calendars for the continuation of thirty-minute Advent recitals in the serene sanctuary of First Congregational Church.  A cookie reception will be provided courtesy of the Bridget Fuller Circle.


            Nicholas Schmelter – Organ | James Royle – Narrator

Friday, December 12, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.


James Gladstone – Organ

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

Miguel de Sousa - Recital, Friday, December 12

The fourth autumn program, a piano recital by Miguel de Sousa, will take place on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.  Miguel Luis Inocencio de Sousa, a traveled classical pianist and coach from Portugal completing an advanced music degree at Central Michigan University, will perform pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, and Kapustin.