|Last updated: April 30, 2013|
Message from the Dean
Greetings to Everyone!
Well, here we are already partway through Lent. Easter will shortly be upon us. I hope your preparations are going well.
In April, we have planned an event that should be very interesting. Agnes Armstrong, our Regional Councillor, will be here to present a program on the life and music of Alexandre Guilmant entitled: Alexandre Guilmant: Wizard of the Organ. (The Man, His Works, His Tours and His Influence in America.)
She will have slides to show and may demonstrate examples of his music on the organ. Dish-to-Pass Dinner to follow.
This will be at The First Methodist Church of Horseheads, 1034 W. Broad St. , Horseheads, NY. The date and time will be Sunday, April 14 at 4:30 PM. I hope you will be sure to mark your calendar and make an effort to come to the program. Agnes is an expert on the music of Guilmant, and I'm sure you will find it interesting to see and hear her presentation.
In May, we have a Members' Recital scheduled for the Park Church. The date will be May 18 at 7:00 PM. I am looking for people to play on this recital. Please let me know if you are interested.
Our friend and former member Thom Bohlert will be in Binghamton on May 4 & 5 to present a workshop and recital, and we want to recommend that you attend one or both of those events. The workshop will be on the eleven chorale preludes of Brahms. Both the workshop and the recital will be held at Main Street Baptist Church, 117 Main St. Binghamton. The workshop will be at 10:00 AM on May 4, and the recital will be at 4:00 PM on May 5. Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend.
I hope to see you at some of these events. Happy Easter, Dan
Note Location Change:
4/14/2013 A illustrated Talk by Agnes Armstrong our
Regional Councillor on: Alexandre Guilmant: Wizard
of the Organ. (The Man, His Works, His Tours and
His Influence in America.) Followed
by a Dish to Pass Dinner The First Methodist Church
of Horseheads 1034 W. Broad Street. 4:30 PM.
5/18/2013 Annual Member’s Recital The Park Church 208 W.
Gray St. Elmira, NY 7:00 PM Performers are
needed please contact Dan LaBar at 607-846-8411
Elmira Keyboard Ensemble will present concert in April.
The Elmira Keyboard Ensemble will present a concert featuring a concerto for three pianos by Mozart. Janice Brown, Onalee Nixon and Charlotte Cook will each be at their own piano, and Dan LaBar will play the orchestral accompaniment on the organ. In addition to that, the group will play their normal fare of piano duets, piano-organ duets and music for eight hands. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 PM at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 300 W. Miller Street, Elmira. There will be a freewill offering taken.
ST. JOHN PASSION:
The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will perform J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion with soloists Thom Baker, Geoffrey Royall, Janine Willis, Ivy Walz and Ian Woolford on April 27, 2013, at 7:30 in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora St. (the corner of Aurora and Court), Ithaca, NY. Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance at http://www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org. Student tickets are $5 and children under 12 are admitted free.
Thom Bohlert will be doing a workshop on the Brahms Choral Preludes, Saturday, May 4, 10 am - Noon at The Main St. Baptist Church, 117 Main St., Binghamton, NY. On Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 4 pm, he will be giving an organ recital at the same venue. A reception will follow.
Details are below:
The Chorale Preludes of Johannes Brahms Workshop by Thomas Bohlert:
The Chorale Preludes of Johannes Brahms are miniature masterpieces written during the last summer of his life. They are deep and enigmatic, but approachable; they are not difficult technically, but offer challenges for musical growth. The workshop provides biographical, musical, and analytical background, offers suggestions for performance and interpretation, along with the playing or hearing of the eleven preludes.
The recital on Sunday will include: Sortie in A – Theodore Dubois; Deux Prelude – John Knowles Paine; Variations on Hyfrydol – Searle Wright; Bolero – Louis Lefebure-Wely; Ronde Francais – Leon Boellmann; Festival Toccata – Percy Fletcher.
5/4/2013 From Music at Grace: Schola Cantorum of Syracuse.
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St. Elmira, NY 7:30 PM
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is a chamber choir of 16 voices
devoted to the performance of early music, defined as European
classical music, Music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and early
Baroque eras, prior to the time of J. S. Bach. Their “Peace and Love”
concert will feature great choral works on commemorations both
public and private- treaties and marriages- featuring DuFay’s Missa
Se laface ay pale and Issac’s Virgo Prudentissima.
5/5/2013 Annual Blair- Bigler Concert Featuring: Claire Gonta-Smock and
Jamie Smith in a program of Piano and Piano and Organ Duets.
First Congregational UCC 171 W. Pulteney Street Corning, NY
4:00 PM. Admission is free. A Free Will Offering will be taken.
5/19/2013 From the Cantata Singers of Elmira: Something Olde, Something
New - Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 556 St. Joseph's Boulevard,
Elmira, New York. 4:00 PM Palestrina's Tu es Petrus mass, a
series of motets by 20th century composer Maurice Durufle and a
set of three songs by popular contemporary composer Eric Whitacre.
|Agnes Armstrong Biography:
Agnes Armstrong, B.A.Mus., S.U.N.Y. Albany; M.Mus.Ed., College of Saint Rose; M.A. and Cand.Phil. in Musicology, New York University. Organ teachers include Lloyd Cast, Daniel Roth, Montserrat Torrent, and Jean Boyer. Agnes is widely known for her research, lectures, and articles on organists and organ music. Publications include an edition of the organ works of Ernest Chausson, a bilingual book on organist Joseph Bonnet, and the collected writings of 19th-century music journalist Fannie Edgar Thomas. Concertizing on famous pipe organs throughout the United States and in Europe, she has performed at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. A recognized educator, she maintains a private teaching studio and has taught at five Pipe Organ Encounters for young organ students. She has served as President of the International Reed Organ Society, Dean of Eastern New York Chapter and Upstate New York Regional Convener for the A.G.O., and Chair of Organ and Harpsichord for the New York State Music Teachers’ Association (M.T.N.A.). As Councillor for Region II, she is serving the second year of her term on the National Council of the A.G.O. She is presently Organist and Choir Director at both Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont and Helderberg Reformed Church in Guilderland, New York, posts she has held for the past 30 years.
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David Lenington,Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
101 John B. Merrill Pkwy
Organist needed: Presbyterian Church, Nichols, New York.
Normal Sunday worship is 11:00 AM
Choir runs anywhere between 2-6.
Instruments: Allen organ. Clavinova
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