The first program will be performed this 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.