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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lenten Recitals Highlight Tonal Colors of Restored Skinner Pipe Organ

Friends of Music noonday recitals resume at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan, at which thirty-minute tonal tours of the rebuilt-restored Skinner organ will take place each Lenten Friday beginning at 12:15 p.m.  The three thousand pipes of Opus 751-C will be unveiled in a series of recitals commencing March 7. 

The recital schedule is as follows:

The Diapasons, March 7;
The Flutes, March 14;
The Strings, March 21;
The Reeds, March 28;
The Orchestral Colors, April 4;
Tutti, April 11.

Each special event is open to the public.  Donations will be received to underwrite future Friends of Music initiatives.
One of the Midwest’s largest organ revitalization projects, the $500,000 effort solidifies the congregation’s cultural commitment to the Cathedral District, Saginaw, and the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Scott Smith Pipe Organs of Lansing, Michigan, has supervised the project that includes artisans and craftsmen from throughout the country.
The sanctuary’s Skinner organ is scheduled for rededication later in May 2014 with a performance by international recitalist Fred Swann (May 9, 7:00 p.m.), organist for many years at The Crystal Cathedral, a service of dedication (May 18, 4:00 p.m.), several recitals by distinguished organists, and the premiere of new compositions by Page Long, Robert Powell, Philip Rice, Bernard Wayne Sanders, and others.  The chapel houses a tonally unaltered two-manual, nine rank pipe organ, built by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, Inc. (Opus 1327). Among other instruments, First Congregational Church houses two Steinway pianos, two harpsichords, six octaves of handbells, and dozens of recorders, percussion instruments, and Orff instruments.  Music programs for diverse ages and skills are a key congregational ministry and take place during the normal academic term.

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