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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
403 South Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

FCC's Organists Perform at Central Michigan University

The organists of Saginaw’s First Congregational Church will be presenting recitals at Central Michigan University on September 11 and September 16.

 Dr. Steven Egler, Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, will perform in Staples Hall in the School of Music on Tuesday, September 11, at 8:00 p.m. Titled “Mostly Franck,” in honor of the great composer’s 190th birthday on December 10, 1822, the program will feature some of Franck’s better-known organ compositions. Perhaps equally well known for his great Symphony in D Minor and the Sonata forViolin and Piano, his organ music is some of the best in the entire repertoire.

The Andantino in G Minor, Franck’s first organ work, and the great Chorale in E Major, one of his last works composed right before his death, will be featured. Additional works will include the Cantabile and Pièce Héroïque from 1878 and the very famous “Panis Angelus” from the Mass in A Major, performed with collaborating musicians, Mary Stewart Kiesgen, soprano, and James Fiste, cello, both  of whom are colleagues of Egler. The non-Franck work will be Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s Chorale-Improvisation on “Nearer, My God, To Thee,” composed in 1912 as a tribute to the tragic sinking of the Titanic in April of that year. Tickets are available at the door ($5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors).

Nicholas Schmelter, Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, will perform an alumnus recital September 16 on the School of Music’s Estey organ. The 3:00 p.m. recital will take place in the Chamichian Lobby. Schmelter is a C.M.U. alumnus, having received the Bachelor of Music (2004) and Master of Music (2006) degrees as a student of Steven Egler. The School of Music harmonium consists of 2 manuals or keyboards plus a pedalboard and looks just like a typical pipe organ console. It is an example of the type of instrument that Estey built that either could be electrified and/or outfitted with a rotary blower handle. It did not require the typical pump pedals to supply the wind to the internal bellows. This harmonium was donated to the School of Music several years ago by Jeri Jones, and more recently was outfitted with a new blower and a platform by Scott Smith Organ Co., of East Lansing.  Schmelter will be assisted by Beverly Westervelt, oboist of Saginaw. His program will consist of compositions by Andre Fleury, Cesar Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne, and Albert Alain.

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