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

989.754.6565

www.fccsaginaw.org

Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Music Announced


The following is the list of choral music, organ repertoire, and hymns for the festal celebration of Easter, April 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m.  Hymns and other selections will highlight the Saginaw Brass Quintet.  Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence, will be at the console.

Praise the Lord With Drums and Cymbals (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)
Christ the Lord is Risen Today (EASTER HYMN, arr. James Biery)
Alleluia (Colin Mawby)
“Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah (Georg F. Händel)
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun (DUKE STREET, arr. James Biery)
Adagio” from Organ Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 (Charles-Marie Widor)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (HYMN TO JOY, arr. James Biery)
Amen No. 5 (Page Long)
Toccata” from Organ Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 (Charles-Marie Widor)



Music of Holy Week - Repertoire Announced

The following is the list of choral music, organ repertoire, and hymns for the program “Music of Holy Week” taking place on April 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.  Robert Sabourin conducts the chamber choir Exultate Deo.  Nicholas Schmelter is organist for the musical event.

Beautiful Savior (F. M. Christiansen)
Urbs Beata Jerusalem from Five Preludes on Plainchant Melodies (H. Willan)
Draw Nigh to Thy Jerusalem (WOODLANDS)
Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates (W. Mathias)
All in the April Evening (H. Robertson)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (D. Gustafson)
Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord (BANGOR)
Prelude on a Paschal Chorale (G. Edmundson)
Lamb of God, Most Holy (F. M. Christiansen)
Prayer to Jesus (G. Oldroyd)
Ave Verum (W. A. Mozart)
Go to Dark Gethsemane (REDHEAD NO. 76)
Prelude on “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden” (G. Edmundson)
In the Cross of Christ I Glory (RATHBURN)
God So Loved the World (B. Chilcott)
That Virgin’s Child (T. Tallis)
There is a Green Hill Far Away (H. Sumsion)
My Song is Love Unknown (RHOSYMEDRE)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Regulation

An organ technician makes use of several specialized tools to tonally regulate - or "voice" on site - a stop.  The Gt. division's 2 2/3' stop is shown here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Under the Hood

Photographer Thor Rasmussen of THOR*tography shares an under-the-hood photo tour of the Skinner organ in its final stages of construction.





















Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guest Pianist and Postlude Recital - April 6


Miguel Luis Inocencio De Sousa, a guest classical pianist from Portugal completing an advanced music degree at Central Michigan University, will offer special music on Sunday morning, April 6.  The Dedos Duo, with members Miguel Sousa and Dylan Edwards, will perform music by George Gershwin, Darius Milhuad, and Ástor Piazzolla. The postlude recital for piano and saxophone will last thirty minutes. The photo is courtesy of Miguel Sousa.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two Great Stops Remain

At the end of a full day of tonal regulation and tuning, the Skinner organ's Gt. division is returned to its original stoplist minus two additions, a four-rank mixture and an 8' reed.



Music of Holy Week Hosted in Bay City and Saginaw

The Exultate Deo Chamber Choir will present “Music of Holy Week” at historic sites in Bay City and Saginaw to commemorate the focal point of the Christian liturgical year.  Exultate Deo is made up of professional and semi-professional singers from the Tri-Cities who share a love of sacred choral repertoire.  Robert Sabourin is the founder and director of the ensemble.

The choir will sing classic hymns and anthems for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Nicholas Schmelter, organist for the program, will play organ voluntaries for each of the three days of Holy Week.

The Friends of Music of Bay City’s Trinity Episcopal Church, 815 N. Grant St., host the first concert on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.  The program will be repeated at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson, in Saginaw at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014.  The final program will allow the public to hear the restored and rebuilt Skinner organ at First Congregational Church completed after a multi-year project.

Choral repertoire includes “Beautiful Savior” by F. Melius Christiansen, “Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates” by William Mathias, “All in the April Evening” by Hugh Roberton, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Dwight Gustafson, “Lamb of God Most Holy” by F. Melius Christiansen, “Prayer to Jesus” by George Oldroyd, “Ave Verum” by W.A. Mozart, “God So Loved the World” by Bob Chilcott, “That Virgin’s Child” by Thomas Tallis, and “There is a Green Hill Far Away” by Herbert Sumsion.  The choir and congregation will sing the following hymns: “The Royal Banners Forward Go,” “Alone Thou Goest Forth,” “At the Cross Her Vigil Keeping,” and “Cross of Jesus.”  Organ music is by Healey Willan ( “Urbs Beata Jerusalem”) and Garth Edmundson (“Prelude on a Paschal Choral” and “O Haupt voll Blut”).

Both concerts are open to the public free of charge.  Donations will be received at both venues to provide for future events.

A reception, hosted by Friends of Music will be held in the Guild Room following the program.  Barrier free access is available at both sites off the west parking lots.  For more information contact Trinity Episcopal Church, 989-892-5813, or First Congregational Church, 989-754-6565.
 
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

De Sousa and Dedos Duo to Perform and Offer Postlude Recital


Miguel Luis Inocencio De Sousa, a guest classical pianist from Portugal completing an advanced music degree at Central Michigan University, will offer special music by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel at First Congregational Church’s Sunday morning worship on April 6, at 10:30 a.m.  The public is also invited to a thirty-minute postlude recital for piano and saxophone that same day.  The Dedos Duo, with members Miguel Sousa and Dylan Edwards, will perform music by George Gershwin, Darius Milhuad, and Ástor Piazzolla.

Miguel Sousa completed a degree in piano performance with pianist Antonio Rosado. In 2013, Miguel received a full graduate assistantship at Central Michigan University, where he is pursuing a MM degree in piano performance.  Sousa has performed in Portugal, the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden, and the United States.

Born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Dylan Edwards began his education as a classical saxophonist with John Nichol at Central Michigan University. Dylan, in his final undergraduate year at CMU, performs actively in recitals and competitions.  He is the soprano saxophonist in the award-winning quartet Revelations, founded at CMU in 2010.  Revelations has received several distinctions, including First Prize in the 2014 SAI Small Ensemble competition and second place in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Great Day - God is Building


The first four ranks of the Great division are installed and photographed below: 8’ Second Open Diapason, 8’ Erzähler, 8’ Flute Harmonique, and 4’ Flute.
 
 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Welcome Home - Gt. Division's 8' Erzähler Returns Home


The main chests of the Great division have been winded.  Its first pipes – the 8’ Erzähler – have been installed.  Welcome home.




 
 
 

Music of Holy Week - April 18


Mark your calendars for the Music of Holy Week event taking place at First Congregational Church on Good Friday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m.  The Exultate Deo Chamber Choir, conducted by Robert Sabourin, will present a choral reflection for Passiontide including compositions by Chilcott, Christiansen, Gustafson, Handel, Oldroyd, Sumsion, Tallis, and Willan.  This program is free and open to the public.