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Monday, February 27, 2012

Organ Recital - March 2

March 2, 2012
12:15 p.m.

Patricia M. Bowen
Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland, Michigan

An organ recital of Brahms’ Eleven Chorale Preludes.  Dr. Christopher Urbiel will perform next Friday’s recital, March 9.

Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122                                                              
Johannes Brahms

1.                              Mein Jesu, der du mich (My Jesus Leadeth Me)
2.                              Herzliebster Jesu (Ah, Jesus, Dear)
3.                              O Welt, ich muss dich lassen (O World, I Now Must Leave Thee)
4.                              Herzlich tut mich erfreuen (My Heart Abounds with Pleasure)
5.                              Schmücke dich, o Liebe Seele (Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness)
6.                              O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen (Blessed Ye Who Live in Faith Unswerving)
7.                              O Gott, du frommer Gott (O God, Thou Faithful God)
8.                              Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Behold, a Rose Breaks Into Bloom)
9.                              Herzlich tut mich verlangen (My Heart is Ever Yearning)
10.                          Herzlich tut mich verlangen (My Heart is Ever Yearning)
11.                          O Welt, ich muss dich lassen (O World, I Now Must Leave Thee)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Photos of Concert - Central Michigan University - Chamber Singers

Enjoy photo memories from the February 19 visit of the Central Michigan University Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson.  The photos are courtesy of Ms. Beverly Westervelt.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Noonday Organ Recital, 2/24 - Cancelled - Inclement Weather

The NOONDAY ORGAN RECITAL scheduled for February 24, 2012, 12:15 p.m., at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Emily Marvosh, Contralto - Visits FCC on February 26

Contralto Emily Marvosh will take part at 10:30 a.m. morning worship next Sunday, February 26, 2012.

She will perform Bach’s Widerstehe doch der Sünde and the solo in John Ness Beck’s “I Need Thee Every Hour” in collaboration with First Congregational Church’s Chancel Choir. 

Marvosh grew up and Saginaw and will be performing Mozart’s Requiem on February 25 with the Saginaw Choral Society. 

She has been gaining recognition as a skilled performer of oratorio and opera in the Boston area. Possessed of a “flexible technique and ripe color,” and demonstrating “smooth, apparently effortless vocal display,” she has recently been heard as a soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society (Israel in Egypt and in recital at the Museum of Fine Arts), the Providence Singers (Mozart’s Requiem), the White Mountain Bach Festival (Vivaldi’s Salve Regina), Opera Boston (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein), Boston Lyric Opera (Rusalka), Longwood Opera (The Barber of Seville), and Intermezzo Chamber Opera (world premiere of James Yannatos’s Rocket’s Red Blare); she is also a frequent soloist with the Marsh Chapel Choir Bach Cantata Series. Ensemble appearances in the past and upcoming seasons include the Oregon Bach Festival under the direction of Helmut Rilling, the Bachakademie Stuttgart, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, and the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.  A regular member of Miami-based Seraphic Fire, Miss Marvosh can be heard on their recent GRAMMY-nominated recording of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem.   Forays into new music include the role of Meg in the New England premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women and world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and the Lorelei ensemble, for which she was praised as “[standing] out with her warm yet strong vocal timbre.” In the 2011-2012 season, Miss Marvosh appears with L’academie (Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus), the Kalamazoo Bach Festival (St. John Passion), Handel and Haydn Society (St. Matthew Passion), the Back Bay Chorale (St. John Passion), and the Saginaw Choral Society (Mozart’s Requiem). She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Organ Recital - February 24

February 24, 2012
12:15 p.m.

Nicholas E. Schmelter
Director of Music Ministries

An organ recital of the Baroque repertoire and chorales for Lent. 

The recital will be performed on the chapel organ, Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc., Opus 1327 (1956).  Patricia Bowen will perform next Friday’s recital, March 2.

Fuga in B (über B-A-C-H)                                                                          
Johann Ludwig Krebs

Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ                                                                  
Dietrich Buxtehude

O Lamm Gottes unschuldig, BWV 1095                                        
Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BWV 1107                                                    
Johann Sebastian Bach

Psalmus: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund  
Samuel Scheidt

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sing All Day - Sunday, February 19

Sing All Day


Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson, Conductor
Krystal Thomas, Accompanist

Sunday, February 19, 2012
4:00 p.m.

retiring collection – suggested minimum donation $10 

My Spirit Sang All Day                                 
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Excerpts from Missa Brevis                          
Robert H. Young (1923-2011)
Fern Hill                                                        
John Corigliano (b. 1938)

Taylor Stevens, Mezzo-Soprano
Alex Medcalf, Violin
Kayla Priest, Violin
Megan Wilson, Viola
Benjamin Gudbrandson, Cello
Jackson Smith, Bass
Sylvia Norris, Harp
Krystal Thomas, Piano

Espiritu de Dios                                             
from Cuba, arr. Brian Tate

Twa Tanbou                                                  
from Haiti, arr. Sydney Guillaume (b. 1982)

Two Songs of the Open Air                          
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

My Lord, What a Mornin’                            
Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949)

Rockin’ Jerusalem                                       
André Thomas (b. 1939)

For the Beauty of the Earth                       
John Rutter (b. 1945)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Why the Long Face?

Why the long face, Nicholas? 

Countless dead notes on the historic sanctuary organ at First Congregation Church are compromising the organ's effectiveness in worship and in other public performance.  Middle C and D of the Swell division have been silent for some time.

What can you do to help?