PipeChat Digest #576 - Monday, November 2, 1998
 
Alabama's "Phantom"
  by "Kevin Cartwright" <kevin1@alaweb.com>
Re: Live Silents
  by "Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society" <mail@stops.org>
Gordon Young Memorial Service
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Two GA Concerts (X-POSTED)
  by "Stephen Karr" <sfpkarr@hotmail.com>
 


(back) Subject: Alabama's "Phantom" From: Kevin Cartwright <kevin1@alaweb.com> Date: Sun, 01 Nov 1998 09:08:00 -0600   Administrator wrote: > The following was received from a non-subscriber who asked that it get > posted to the list. > Happy Halloween > David > ------------------------------------------ > The Philadelphia Halloween tradition continues! > "The Phantom of the Opera" > WITH LIVE ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT (snip) > Don't miss it!   Although I could not travel to Philly, I DID go to the Alabama Theatre and work for that performance. Everything went strikingly well, almost no glitches. It all started with the magician who is only there to get people in their seats for the show to start. The funeral processional began down the left/center aisle, the organist got out of the casket, played Tocatta in Dm, etc... The film went well, and the organist only messed up twice (only I and a few others noticed anyway). The organist; Tom Helms. He did a wonderful job that always impresses everyone. Even the staff organists at the theatre cannot reproduce some of the combinations that Tom uses. After the film, Tom returned to his casket as the curtain fell, and waited, exited the casket, the curtain rose, and the Red Death ordered Tom onto the horse/buggy, and they rode off stage (real horse too).   The "Bertha" console of our 4/23 WurliTzer has been recently restored, as well as the theatre. It was basically like stepping back into opening day, 1927. I'd be interested to know if anyone else in the lists went to this event, and what they thought about the whole thing.   Anyway,   Kevin Cartwright Greenville, Alabama kevin1@alaweb.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Live Silents From: "Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society" <mail@stops.org> Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 00:11:02 -0000   Cross Posted - For those interested -   The STOPS proudly presents the silent classic 'Hunchback of Notre Dam' = at the New Palace Theatre, on Saturday November 8th, with live = accompaniment by Scottish theatre organ maestro Larry McGuire, = performing his own well known score.   See our website for details.   Gordon Lucas   SCOTTISH THEATRE ORGAN PRESERVATION = SOCIETY Help us to Preserve the History, Traditions, and Craftsmanship of = yesterday for the Generations of Tomorrow = and the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF THEATRE ORGAN = STUDIES=20 Taking the Theatre Pipe Organ = into the 21st Century   See us on the World Wide Web at = < www.stops.org >   =20    
(back) Subject: Gordon Young Memorial Service From: ScottFop@aol.com Date: Sun, 1 Nov 1998 19:34:24 EST   This afternoon, about 50 organists, choirmasters, brass players and choir members packed the choir gallery at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe, MI to celebrate and remember the life and telents of composer- organist Gordon Ellsworth Young who passed away on October 2, 1998. Hosted by Robert Moncrief, Organist and Director of Music at Memorial Church and the American Guild of Organists and directed by Dr. Joanne Vollendorf-Rickards, current Detroit AGO Chapter vice president and Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church Episcopal in Detroit, the church was filled with fine music, many remembrances and a beautiful service structured around remembering the man and his music. The Memorial Church has a large Johannes Klais pipe organ and was Gordon's home church for the past many years. I must admit that it was a pleasure to sing in Gordon's "memorial choir" as I knew him well when I lived in the Detroit area my first time here. In fact it was Gordon's encouragement (after he and William Whitehead proof read it for me) that convinced me to submit my first anthem for publication. I didn't have much confidence in it, but i sent it out and Fred Bock ended up publishing it after all! Today's service included the following repertoire, all composed by Gordon Young:   Preludes: "Cathedral Fanfare" played by James R. Bain and "Air Gracieux" played by Dr. Joanne Vollendorf-Rickards   Introit: "Let There Be Music" organ/brass/choir   Hymn: "For All the Saints" descant by Ralph Vaughan Williams   Old Testament Reading: Psalm 96:1-13 New Testament Reading: John 14:1-6   Anthem: "Now Let Us All Praise God and Sing." Directed by Christopher Hall and accompanied on the organ by Doris Hall. Chris is the Minister of Music and Doris is Organist at the First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, MI.   Organ Solos (taken from live recordings of Gordon Young) "Prelude in Classic Style," "Aria in the Style of a Reverie" and "Improvisation on Adeste Fidelis" recorded in 1985 on the Tellers organ in St. John's Armeinan Church, Southfield MI. "Postlude on 'Mendelssohn'" recorded during a Christmas Candlelight Service in the late 1960's on the Casavant organ designed by Gordon Young at Detroit's First Presbyterian Church.   Organ Solo: "Lift High the Cross" played by Robert Foster, Organist- Choirmaster at First American Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI (the church where Gordon practiced the organ daily during the last several years of his life)   Anthem: "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go"   Hymn Anthem: "Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation" (Regent Square). This piece was commissioned by the Detroit Chapter AGO and performed at the national convention held here in Detroit in 1986.   Choral Benediction: "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again" Written for and directed by Roy Schueneman, now retired from Lake Shore Presbyterian Church, St. Clair Shores, MI.   Postludes: "Chant Heroique" and "Fanfare on 'Webb'" played by Robert Moncrief. From the program notes: "when the Fanfare was published in 1980, the composer wrote to his sister, saying he hoped this music would accompany him as he was being ushered through the pearly gates and into Heaven."   A very nice reception followed in memorial Church's Fellowship Hall.   Scott F. Foppiano, Director of Music and Liturgical Coordinator, National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, MI  
(back) Subject: Two GA Concerts (X-POSTED) From: "Stephen Karr" <sfpkarr@hotmail.com> Date: Sun, 01 Nov 1998 23:21:25 EST   Hi, listers-   If any of you will be in either Middle Georgia (Macon area) or the Augusta area next weekend, there will be two concerts that might catch your fancy. First on Friday November 6, my professor, Robert Parris, will be playing a recital at Mercer University in Newton Hall, the chapel/recital hall here. It houses a Holtkamp, vintage 1984. His program will be as follows:   Sowerby: Comes Autumn Time Persichetti: Shimah B'Koli Bach: Allein Gott in der Hoeh Sei Ehr (all three of them) Improvisation? (depending on whether he has time to prepare it) Durufle: Prelude, Adagio, et Choral Varie' sur le theme du Veni Creator   I'm going to be his registrant/page turner, and have heard the whole program. It's going to be great.   On the following day, Nov. 7 at St. Paul's Church, on Reynolds and 6th streets in Augusta, GA, Stewart Wayne Foster, winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition, will be playing a recital of works for organ and orchestra along with the Augusta Symphony, cond. Donald Portnoy. I know that he will be playing the Poulenc concerto, and it also says there's something by Bach on there, but I don't know the full details of the concert. I do know, however, that it is a great combination of a wonderful performer, a wonderful instrument and a very good orchestra. St. Paul's boasts a 1966/1996 Casavant (op. 2900) of about 50 ranks in a wonderfully live acoustic. The only detriment is when the trains come past blowing their horns.   Y'all come (that's the first time I've ever said "Y'all"),   -Stephen   ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com