Christmas is near!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Midland Guitar Ensemble - December 9 - Tea
First Congregational Church’s Friends of Music welcomes the public to their second event of 2012-2013 that takes place on Sunday, December 9, at 4:00 p.m.
Join the four-member Midland Guitar Ensemble in an afternoon of beloved Christmas melodies from England, France, Canada, Germany, and the Ukraine. Familiar music will be interspersed with poetry and prose written by Rainer Maria Rilke, T. S. Eliot, Boris Pasternak, Hilaire Belloc, and Violet Clifton. John Stark and Nicholas Schmelter will serve as narrators.
A tea reception will be served immediately following the program courtesy of the Friends of Music and hosted by Barbara Noyes-Stark, coordinator. The cost of the event is free, but the suggested donation of $10 will help defray event expenses.
The Midland Guitar Ensemble has actively performed in the region for two years. This is their second visit to First Congregational Church following a 2011 visit for the congregation’s Bravo! fellowship. Members of the Midland Guitar Ensemble include Teri Warden Bickmore, who holds an M. Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University, Angelo Cassar, a retired Chemist from Dow Corning, who has degrees in Math and Physics from Wayne State University, Chemistry from Saginaw Valley State University, and a MA in Quantum Chemistry from Central Michigan University, Paul Teed, Professor of History at Saginaw Valley State University, and David G. Wilkins, an Associate General Counsel for the Dow Chemical Company.
First Congregational Church is an acoustically superb building, which dates to 1868, and is located on the corner of Jefferson and Hayden in downtown Saginaw. The congregation is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and has recognized excellence and eclecticism in its musical offerings since the 1800’s.
Music and the performing arts have been a key part of the congregation’s demonstration and outreach for over one hundred years. The church has offered concerts for the general public welcoming Duke Ellington and Virgil Fox, high school and college choirs, the Saginaw Choral Society, the city’s Jazz on Jefferson street festival, the Friends of Music Series of recitals, and several other events. It is also the birthplace of The New Reformation Band. Recently, Michigan’s Ninetieth Legislature recognized the key role of the congregation in the preservation of Saginaw’s Cathedral District and in the outreach to the community as a whole: “The example that the members of this church has provided has touched and influenced all the people of Saginaw, and is a tangible demonstration that First Congregational is a church that has not abandoned Saginaw, but rather, keeps working to improve it.”
Dozens of Friends of Music initiatives take place annually and are self-sustaining courtesy of the underwriting of series patrons. These events bring together regional artists of all ages and skill. If you would like more information about the Friends of Music or if you would like to support the series of events, please contact Nicholas Schmelter, Director of Music Ministries, at the church office center, (989) 754-6565, or visit the group’s blog, http://fcc-musicfriends.blogspot.com/.