Weekly UpdateAmerican Guild of Organists Cleveland Chapter
April 18, 2013
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Dear AGO Cleveland Colleague,
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Jennings, Fern
Fern Jennings


I look forward to see many of you at our co-sponsored recital Friday evening at Fairmount Presbyterian Church. This is our biggest event of the season and I know many of you have been looking forward to Christopher Houlihan's first recital appearance in Cleveland. Houlihan attracted a lot of attention last summer with his tour playing all of the Vierne Symphonys and even garnered a review in the New York Times. Here is a link to that review if you haven't read enough about Houlihan yet or if you want to convince your non-organist friends to come to the concert, read what the New York Times had to say.  You can also visit his homepage to find out how you can become a "Houli Fan" and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

See you at the concert!




Upcoming Cleveland Chapter Events
Friday, April 19 7:30 pm
Guest Artist Recital: Christopher Houlihan, organ

Fairmount Presbyterian Church
2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

Houlihan, Christopher HAVE YOU HEARD HOULI?
 Cleveland AGO is co-sponsoring this concert with Fairmount Presbyterian Church. Concert Organist Christopher Houlihan, our major organ recitalist of this season, is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists. His Summer 2012 tour, in which he played Louis Vierne's complete symphonies in 6 cities through-out North America, was acclaimed by several major media outlets including the New York and Los Angeles Times.

Houlihan's program will be the complete Symphony III of Louis Vierne and the Fantasy and Fugue on "Ad nos" by Franz Liszt.

Guests are welcome to attend the concert and the meet-the-artist-reception. A free-will offering toward the concert expense will be received. There is secure parking in the lot directly behind the church. For more information contact Bob Moncrief, rmoncrief@fairmountchurch.org. (216) 321-5800.

You may want to tune in to an interview between Jacqueline Gerber at WCLV and Christopher Houlihan. The interview will take place at the WCLV studios on Thursday, April 18 at 9:30 am, and will be live on air on WCLV radio.

Monday, April 29: Location: Trinity Cathedral, E.22nd St. at Euclid Ave., downtown Cleveland. (parking off of Prospect Ave. one block south of Euclid.) 


Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 14502 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

4pm. Concert by Good Company, a Vocal Ensemble,  Karen Weaver, director followed by a reception and our annual meeting.



By now you should have received your chapter officer ballot. Please note that the ballots are due April 29, not March 29 as stated.



Music of H. Leslie Adams will be featured at the sold-out Gala 100th Anniversary of the Cleveland Music Settlement on April 22.

Congratulations  to Bob Schneider on his 20th anniversary as Director of Music an Organist at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland. A concert will be held in his honor at the church on Sunday, April 28 at 2pm. See calendar listings for details.




Bach, CPE
CPE Bach
On this date in 1768 CPE Bach became cantor to the city of Hamburg. He succeeded his godfather George Phillip Telemann in this post. Part of his job was to produce choral music for the Church of St. Michael's in that city. Here is a link to an aria from his oratorio "Die Israeliten in Der Wuste."
"O, Selig" from C.P.E. Bach's Die Israeliten In Der Wuste

Concerts of Interest


Some of our concert listings have been gleaned from ClevelandClassical. For a complete list of concerts plus previews, reviews and more from Cleveland's classical music scene click the link www.clevelandclassical.com.   


Friday April 19 7:30 pm. Christopher Houlihan, concert organist.  Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights .

Friday April 19 4:00 pm. Balint Karosi, organ. Featuring excerpts from "The Art of Fugue" and other works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Bruhns and Karosi. United Methodist Church of Berea, 170 Seminary Street, Berea.
Friday April 19 7:30 pm. Rodney Barbour, organ as part of the Artist Concert Series.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road, Rocky River.
Friday April 19 8:00 pm. Dorothy Papadakos, organ. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 N. Prospect, Akron
Saturday April 20  9:00 AM to 11:00 am. MIDI workshop session with Rodney Barbour: "The Ten Pistons every organist should have". Rodgers Masterpiece Signature 376 organ.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road, Rocky River.
Saturday April 20  7:00 pm. Rodney Barbour, organ. Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, 2239 Dover Center Rd., Westlake. Free-will offering.

Sunday April 21 3:00 pm. The Malone University large group chorale and select chamber chorale will present a concert. Church of the Savior United Methodist , 120 Cleveland Ave SW, Canton.

Sunday April 21 4 pm. "Awake, My Heart with Gladness!" a service of Beckerath Organ Rededication and Easter Hymn Festival featuring soloists, brass, choirs, and organists Robert Myers and Linda Kempke; pre-service organ music by Bach; and several hymn concertati. FREEWILL offering for the Beckerath Organ Maintenance Fund. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. West 30th at Lorain. Cleveland

Wednesday April 24 12:10 pm. CSU Wind Ensemble. Howard Meeker, director.
This remarkable band will provide sonic thrills filling the Cathedral! Trinity Cathedral. 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.

Wednesday April 24 12:15 pm. St. Ignatius High School Chorus. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. West 30th at Lorain, Cleveland

Friday April 26 7:30 pm. Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Michael Anderson, artistic director. Machaut's Musical Monuments: a program of notable works by the 14th century's most celebrated composer, Guillaume de Machaut. Highlights include a complete performance of Machaut's Mass for Our Lady, as well as a sampling of the composer's enigmatic motets and playful song repertory. Cathedral of St John, Helen D Schubert Concert Series, 1007 Superior Ave (at E 9th St), downtown Cleveland. FREEwill offering; Free secure parking: Cathedral Garage on Rockwell Ave at E 9th St.

Sunday April 29 2 pm "A Music Ministry Celebration of The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland" in celebration of the 20th anniversary year of Dr. Robert Schneider as Director of Music and Organist. Music will include Laudate Dominum by Mozart, Concerto for Handbells and Organ by Michael Helman, Ubi Caritas by Paul Halley, the Cleveland Premiere of Te Deum by Mark Hayes. 3630 Fairmount Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44118. Free and Open to the Public.
Sunday April 28 3:00 pm. Gesu Combined Choirs with tenor Leodigario del Rosario. Gesu Church. 2740 Miramar Blvd., University Heights.

Sunday April 28 4:00 pm. The Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir & Dance Ensemble from Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH. Under the direction of Helen Turner-Thompson, the choir will perform a wide variety of Gospel and inspirational music, accompanied by a four-piece instrumental ensemble. Members of Antioch's dance team will be featured during several numbers. Brecksville United Church of Christ at the intersection of Routes 82 & 21 at 23 Public Square in downtown Brecksville.
Sunday April 28 4:00 pm. Peter Richard Conte, Organ. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown.


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