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

989.754.6565

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Role of Stainer's Crucifixion

Writer Sue White describes the connection of Stainer's The Crucifixion, written in 1887, to the Great Lakes Bay Region at MLive.com.  Exultate Deo will perform the oratorio at First Congregational Church on Good Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Organ Recital - March 30

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
403 SOUTH JEFFERSON
SAGINAW, MI 48607

March 30, 2012
12:15 p.m.

Nicholas E. Schmelter
Director of Music Ministries

An organ reflection on Holy Week melodies.

A Paraphrase of “St. Elizabeth”
Gerre Hancock
(1934-2012)

Psalmus: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund    
Samuel Scheidt
(1587-1654)


3. Pange Lingua from Meditations on Communion Hymns
Leo Sowerby
(1895-1968)

Wondrous Love – Variations on a Shape-note Hymn
Samuel Barber
(1910-1981)

First Congregational Church in downtown Saginaw, Michigan, will mark Good Friday with a musical offering of John Stainer’s oratorio The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer.  The twenty-movement work, which is free and open to the public, will be performed on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the congregation’s historic sanctuary. Composed in 1887 by one of Britain’s leaders in musical instructors and church music, The Crucifixion celebrates its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary. 

This photo is couresty of Rebecca Novak.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Egler Broadcast - WCMU-FM/89.5 Central Stage

Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church and Professor of Organ at Central Michigan University, will be on WCMU-FM/89.5 Central Stage this Thursday, March 22, at 3:00 p.m.  Excerpts from his September faculty recital will be presented.

The program's host is Dr. Sue Gamble.

This concert featured mostly the choral music of Dr. Moonyeen Albrecht, Professor Emerita of the CMU School of Music, upon the occasion her 75th birthday. The choral music was performed by the Exultate Deo Chamber Choir under the direction of Robert Sabourin of Midland. Additional music for flute and organ was performed by Robert Hart, flutist, from Midland.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Organ Recital - March 23

March 23, 2012
12:15 p.m.

Dr. Steven L. Egler, DMA
Artist in Residence

with assisting musicians

James Hargett
Clarinet

Beverly Westervelt
Oboe

A recital of Lenten compositions for organ and organ plus instruments. Nicholas Schmelter will perform next Friday’s recital, March 30, the final program of the Lenten noonday series.


Introitus on Herzliebster Jesu                                                                      
Gordon Slater
(1896-1979)      

Two Hymns for Oboe and Piano                                                                              
Dan Pinkston
(b. 1972)

Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 167                                                                            
Camille Saint-Saëns
(1835-1921)

The Passion Chorale                                                                                                 
Leo Sowerby
(1895-1968)

Epilogue on St. Theodulph                                                                                        
Healey Willan
(1880-1968)

This photo is courtesy of Robert Barker.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Easter Sunday Highlighted with First Performance of New Music

First Congregational Church will celebrate the first performance of two Easter hymn-based compositions arranged by Robert J. Powell on April 8, Easter Sunday. “The Day of Resurrection” and “Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain” were commissioned in 2011, and are scored for brass quintet, timpani, congregation, choir, and organ.  The compositions are dedicated to Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence of First Congregational Church, the congregation’s Chancel Choir, and the members of the Saginaw Brass Quintet.

Robert J. Powell, who received a Bachelor of Music Degree in organ and composition from Louisiana State University and a Master of Sacred Music Degree from Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music in New York, has composed hundreds of pieces for organ, instrumental ensembles, and choir. Powell has served in many church positions during his professional career including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Meridian, Mississippi, St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, and Christ Church, Greenville, South Carolina.  The photo of Mr. Powell is courtesy of Christina Laurel.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Organ Recital - March 16

March 16, 2012
12:15 p.m.

Jantz Black
Organist and Choir Director
First United Methodist Church, Midland, Michigan

A recital highlighting contemporary compositions for the Lenten season. Dr. Steven Egler will perform next Friday’s recital, March 23, with assisting musicians James Hargett and Beverly Westervelt.

Trumpet Tune                                                                                                          
Jantz Black
           
Three Gospel Preludes                                
Gerald Near
(b. 1942)
           
Three Lenten Meditations                                                                           
Michael Burkhardt
 (b. 1957)
           
Beneath the Cross of Jesus                                                                                      
Jantz Black

Three Wood Works for Lent                                                                                  
Dale Wood
(1934-2004)
           
Toccata on a Theme of J. S. Bach                                                                          
Jantz Black


Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Crucifixion is Marked in Music at First Congregational Church



First Congregational Church in downtown Saginaw, Michigan, will mark Good Friday with a musical offering of John Stainer’s oratorio The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer.  The twenty-movement work, which is free and open to the public, will be performed on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the congregation’s historic sanctuary. Composed in 1887 by one of Britain’s leaders in musical instructors and church music, The Crucifixion celebrates its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary.  Rev. J. Sparrow-Simpson selected the oratorio’s words earlier that year from the gospel narratives and several familiar Passion hymns.

Exultate Deo, the Saginaw Valley’s premier chamber choir specializing in sacred music, tenor Michael Huntress, and baritone David King will present the Victorian-era composition.  Robert Sabourin will conduct the choir. Nicholas Schmelter will accompany the choir on the sanctuary organ. 

“God So Loved the World,” the most recognizable and widely-performed choruses of the oratorio, is a favorite of choirs throughout the English-speaking world.  Hymns from The Crucifixion are included in several denominational hymnals.


Friday, March 2, 2012

What is Happening at First Congregational Church?

It is nice to know that organ recitals are among what is happening in Saginaw.   If you could not attend this afternoon's program by Patti Bowen, follow the event as documented by Thor Rasmussen, Editor of Saginaw Happening.  The image below is provided courtesy of Mr. Rasmussen.


Organ Recital - March 9

March 9, 2012
12:15 p.m.

Dr. Christopher Urbiel
Minister of Music
Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

A recital of sacred music dedicated to widening the understanding and appreciation of the life and contributions of Richard Proulx. Jantz Black will perform next Friday’s recital, March 16.

Sacred Selections                                                      
Richard Proulx
(1937-2010)

Organ Solo: In Christ There is no East or West                                                   
                        from Two Spirituals for Keyboard                                                                 

Hymn:  Come to Us, Creative Spirit (CASTLEWOOD)


Vocal Solo:  Psalm 66: O God, Let All the Nations Praise You


Hymn:  The Stars Declare His Glory (ALDINE)


Vocal Solo:  Ubi Caritas
                        English text adapted by Proulx

Hymn:  God is Love (MANDATUM)


Vocal Solo:  Exodus Canticle


Hymn:  To God With Gladness Sing (CAMANO)


Piano Solo:  Over My Head
from Two Spirituals for Keyboard     

Organ Solo: Three Alleluia Interludes