Thursday, November 3, 2011
Brown Bag Recitals Continue - Mark Your Calendar for Advent
Two 12:15 p.m. organ recitals are scheduled to take place at First Congregational Church in downtown Saginaw, Michigan, during the season of Advent.
The first program will be performed on Friday, December 2. Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church, will present a thirty-minute musical celebration of Advent including “Carillon on a Ukranian Bell Carol,” which was written in his honor in 2006 by awarded American composer Gerald Near. Additional recent compositions by Philip Rice and Nicholas Schmelter will frame the program. Rice, who currently studies and teaches as a graduate assistant at Westminster College of the Arts in Princeton, New Jersey, has been commissioned to compose a sacred choral work for Pentecost.
Nicholas Schmelter, Director of Music Ministries, will present the second recital on Friday, December 16. He will perform arrangements of beloved French noëls by 20th-century composers Marcel Courtonne and Henri Busser. The program will also include a work by Marcel Dupré seldom heard in its entirety, Six Antiennes Pour le Temps de Noël, Opus 48.
This performance is sponsored by the Friends of Music, who support the musical happenings of First Congregational Church. Free-will contributions of guests will assist with the costly maintenance of the sanctuary’s historic organ.
The congregation is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and has recognized excellence in musical outreach and community service since the 1800’s. The Rev. Dr. Todd S. Farley, PhD, is the congregation’s Senior Minister. If you would like more information, please contact Nicholas Schmelter, Director of Music Ministries, at the church office center, (989) 754-6565.