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

989.754.6565

www.fccsaginaw.org

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Egler's "Mostly Franck" Recital Aired on CMU Public Radio


The organ recital Mostly Franck, performed by Dr. Steven Egler, First Congregational Church's Artist in Residence, will be aired tomorrow, Thursday, February 27, at 3:00 p.m., on WCMU  Public Radio’s Central Stage.  Listeners in the Great Lakes Bay Region can tune to 89.5 FM, 95.7 FM, and 96.9 FM.

Dr. Sue Gamble is host of Central Stage.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dixieland Sunday - March 2

Dixieland Sunday takes place one week from today.  

The New Reformation Band returns to historic First Congregational Church, 403 South Jefferson Street, on Sunday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m., to offer music during the congregation’s weekly worship service.  

Members of the public are invited to take part in this unique worship event, Dixieland Sunday, which will include traditional revival hymns adapted in Dixieland Jazz style, or Traditional Jazz, which is considered to be America's only original art form.

We welcome the following musicians:

Dave Bennett, clarinet;
Dave Tatrow, trumpet;
Keith DeWitt, trombone;
Nick Oppermann, banjo/guitar;
Bob Easthman, bass;
Dave Oppermann, piano; and,
John Hill, percussion.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Reed It and Weep

A simple improvisation on the tune Gwalchmai conveys restored reed colors including, in order,

Ch. 8' Corno di Bassetto,
Sw. 8' Oboe d' Amour,
Ch. 8' French Horn,
Ch. 8' Tuba, and a portion of the remaining twenty-two ranks presently installed.

Await the installation of the following divisions: Great, Pedal, and Echo/Solo.



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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Band Members Announced - DIxieland Sunday

Take part in Dixieland Sunday, March 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m.  Worship will be led musically by the New Reformation Band including among their personnel, in alphabetical order,
 
Dave Bennett, clarinet;
John Hill, percussion;
Dave Oppermann, piano;
Nick Oppermann, banjo; and,
Dave Tatrow, trumpet.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pipe Organ Rededication Events Commence in May


Historic First Congregational Church of Saginaw, Michigan, announces the first events of its symphonic organ rededication season.  It commences in May 2014 with a performance by recitalist Fred Swann on Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m., and a service of dedication including the congregation’s Chancel Choir and the ensemble Exultate Deo on Sunday, May 18, 4:00 p.m.

Several distinguished organists including Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church and Professor of Organ at Central Michigan University, will perform recitals during the inaugural season that will be announced in coming months.  New compositions by Dr. Page Long, Robert Powell, Philip Rice, Bernard Wayne Sanders, and others are among musical premieres.  Each special event is open to the public. 

One of the Midwest’s largest organ revitalization projects, the $500,000 effort concerning Skinner Opus 751 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, their Opus 3 (4 manuals, 48 ranks), that includes artisans, craftsmen, and subcontractors from throughout the country.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The New Reformation Band Returns - A Dixieland Revival


The New Reformation Band will return home to historic First Congregational Church, 403 South Jefferson Street, on Sunday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m., and offer music during the congregation’s weekly worship service.  Members of the public are invited to take part in this unique worship event, Dixieland Sunday, which will include traditional revival hymns adapted in Dixieland Jazz style, or Traditional Jazz, which is considered to be America's only original art form.

The Oppermann Brothers and Rev. Gary Miller founded the band on February 10, 1970, for a single performance at First Congregational Church. Today, after many decades of existence, The New Reformation Band has given thousands of performances worldwide at jazz festivals and orchestra concerts, and in arenas, concert halls, universities, churches, and other settings.