PipeChat Digest #685 - Monday, February 1, 1999
Program, 2/21, Milwaukee WI (xpost)
  by "Jeff Taylor" <jctaylor@execpc.com>
Re: I need support...
  by "Jason D. Comet" <bombarde8@juno.com>
Re: I need support--was CCM, happy clappy,,,et all...........
  by <GRSCoLVR@aol.com>
Re: MP Moller opus #4920, c.a. 1927
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Wilsons in Washington (x-posted)
  by <DudelK@aol.com>
David Peckham Plays Rochester on Feb. 7. (Cross-posted)
  by "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com>
Playing to distraction
  by "Robert Horton" <gemshorn@falcon.cc.ukans.edu>
Re: Playing to distraction
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@truelink.net>

(back) Subject: Program, 2/21, Milwaukee WI (xpost) From: "Jeff Taylor" <jctaylor@execpc.com> Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 13:13:48 -0600   On Sunday, February 21st, at 1:30 PM, the Kimball Theatre Organ Society will present Clark Wilson in concert at the 3/39 Kimball theatre pipe organ in the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   This program, titled "Broadway and Beyond" will provide the unique opportunity to hear the ATOS 1998 "Organist of the Year" (and "Technician of the Year" from a few years ago) perform on an instrument he designed, helped install and finish. The combination of Clark's artistry and an instrument becoming recognized as one of the finest of its kind will make this a superb musical event! If you are in the neighborhood I hope you can attend.   If you have any questions, please email me privately.  
(back) Subject: Re: I need support... From: "Jason D. Comet" <bombarde8@juno.com> Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 23:05:17 -0500   >"Clap and sway" as I call it can only do so much. Nothing can take >the >place of full organ and choirs with the congregation on something like >"All >Creatures of our God and King" or "Once to every Man and Nation". > >Like I said, I worship with a CCM congregation, and I serve with the >talents >God gave me in a traditional setting. I'll add some quality >contemporary to >the traditional. But displace it? To quote the apostle Paul, "God >Forbid". > >There are places for you to serve, Mark. Sometimes pastors take a >congregation in a different direction, but the people will ultimately >go >where they want to go, and will worship God in the way that is best >for >them.     *-*-*-*-*-*-*-* I have that VERY EXACT same *experiance* at my church.   The only problem, I forsee, is that if the worship committee want's to put CCM in the church services (This is the first Sunday of the Month for now on at my place-entire service is comtemporary) it's all fine and dandy, if it is GOING to get people in the church. But, however, if not another soul walks through them doors, forget it. If the congregation is there because of the traditional form of worship and then they have CCM thrown on them to get other people in the church, but no one is coming, FORGET IT!!!!! Your going to drive the present people out and then you'll have NO ONE in the church!   This past Sunday, (1-24-99) The last hymn was "Lord of the Dance". I love the hymn, so I picked it. I had a wonderful registration planned with a dark, gloomy registration with pauses on the fourth verse, improvised, and everything. Then, on the last refrain, I had the best imporvisation, registration and everything planned, and just before the refrain, I heard the anoying member of the congregation (who complains about everything and is always pouting, a sourpuss, etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc..., etc....,)started a HORRIBLE clapping speed. She started with about 16/6 in a 4/4 time signature, then a 5/9 in the 4/4 time signature, then when she finally firuged out how to clap with a 4/5 time signature, I stopped playing because I completely lost it! I shouted out: "SHUT_UP!!! YOU JUST RUINED MY PLAYING!!!!!" I didn't finish the hymn.   I have been under a lot of stress this past week since my mother started telling me what to play and the choir to sing. This stupid Easter *cantata* is 6 part harmony with 7 singers in my choir!!!! With song's I've NEVER heard of, can't find music for them. I don't even think that I will play after next month. I might just leave.   I definantly will Easter Sunday.   jc   ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com/getjuno.html or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: I need support--was CCM, happy clappy,,,et all........... From: GRSCoLVR@aol.com Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 17:50:57 EST   Hi Jason and list:   DANG! Jason,,,I enjoyed that post you sent immensely. I hope you are able to stay on at Bethany so as to make any good and productive changes to the CEMorey a viable project. Keep up the good work friend, and keep your posts coming!!!!   Regards, --Roc  
(back) Subject: Re: MP Moller opus #4920, c.a. 1927 From: RMaryman@aol.com Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 20:03:35 EST   A Moller Artiste (single- this looks like the specs for a "double Artiste") sold unrestores in similar condition last year for about $1500. at a local state university surplus auction. Your instrument would be worth about double that if you are feeeling generous, or a bit less if there are no other interested buyers.   the real worth of any used pipe organ is...and I qoute...   It is worth whatever someone will pay for it.   Rick M Staunton VA  
(back) Subject: Wilsons in Washington (x-posted) From: DudelK@aol.com Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 20:17:23 EST   This afternoon Todd & Anne Wilson presented a program at the Church of The Epiphany in downtown Washington, under the sponsorship of the DC AGO Chapter. The church has a substantial 4m Skinner and a Steinway concert grand. The program included four organ duets -- Adagio & Fugue in C Minor, Mozart; Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Todd Wilson; Paen, Stephen Paulus; and Carmen Suite, arr. James Biery; a piano duet -- Schubert Fantasia in F Minor; and an organ/piano duet -- Concerto 2, 2nd movement, Chopin. For the Carmen Suite, Epiphany organist Eric Plutz joined in as percussionist.   Despite the fact that it's a cold Sunday in Washington, the program took place on the same day as the Super Bowl, it was basically an organ recital, and admission was charged, there was a very good turnout. We mounted a substantial publicity effort that included flyers in the 3 local AGO chapter newsletters, press releases and calendar listings for local papers, an ad in the Kennedy Center program book for January, and ads on Friday and Today in the Arts Guide in the Washington Post.   Given the often tepid response to organ recitals in these parts, I was quite pleased to see the crowd when I got to the church (particularly since I was involved in the publicity blitz). I was even more amazed to see a significant number of AGO members there.   Whatever the reason for the turnout, the Wilsons did a superb job of programming and performing and proved that organ recitals can be (dare I say it!!!) fun, and even interesting for organists and non-organists alike, and all the more so when both the piano and the organ console are in full view of the audience.   Bravo to the Wilsons! I would certainly recommend them to any group sponsoring programs!      
(back) Subject: David Peckham Plays Rochester on Feb. 7. (Cross-posted) From: "Ken Evans" <kevans1@rochester.rr.com> Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 22:32:29 -0500   The Rochester Theater Organ Society invites you to attend David Peckham's "Pops on Pipes" presentation on Rochester's Auditorium Center 4/22 Wurlitzer. This stellar theater pipe organ concert will be held on Sunday afternoon, February 7th starting at 2:30 p.m. at 875 Main Street East. Admission is only $10 with tickets available at the Auditorium Center box office one hour prior to the concert.   David has played at ATOS national and regional conventions and at many theater organ venues during the past several years. He has been staff organist at Elmira's Clemens Center since its opening. His CDs have achieved outstanding critical acclaim. This marks his 6th Rochester concert appearance.   More information and pictures of the 4/22, David's biography on the front page of our newsletter, plus driving directions to the Auditorium Center and much more may all be found at http://theatreorgans.com/rochestr/ . We are looking forward to your attendance at this Sunday afternoon experience of great theater pipe organ entertainment.   Ken Evans, RTOS Director    
(back) Subject: Playing to distraction From: Robert Horton <gemshorn@falcon.cc.ukans.edu> Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 01:32:32 -0600   Jason wrote... >time signature, then when she finally firuged out how to clap with a 4/5 >time signature, I stopped playing because I completely lost it! I >shouted out: "SHUT_UP!!! YOU JUST RUINED MY PLAYING!!!!!" I didn't >finish the hymn.   Well, I don't doubt that she probably came up with some interesting cross-rhythms...to say the least! But I can't see losing it over someone else goofing up. The best way to point out their error is to be rock solid in your own playing. They'll be able to embarass themselves quite well on their own, but stopping like you did only makes yourself look bad. While I understand that you've been under a lot of stress, you can't let it get the better of you like this. If you want to make it as a church organist, you can't let outside distractions affect your playing...end of story. Maybe a concert pianist can get away with demanding "complete silence" for his performance, and then becoming distraught if someone so much as coughs...but our playing has got to be above that. I try to prepare my students for this during lessons. You know...making noise with my coat, shuffling papers, dropping the occasional hymnal into the pedals, etc... Suppose you're playing along during a quiet offertory and that adorable little angel in the cherub choir comes up and decides that she wants to find out what happens when she pulls out the knob marked "Tuba". Would you have the composure to continue playing while you swiftly* retired the stop and told her in gentle voice, "No dear, that's for later, how about this one that says 'Dolce'?" Or would you explode, stop playing, and yell at the poor kid? I hope that I can teach my students to handle situations like that. (* Just checking, is everyone familiar enough with their instrument that you would be able to instantly figure out which stop she had pulled and turn it off without looking or even pausing to think?) One of my favorite "exercises" get eye-to-eye right up next to my student's face like a drill sergeant while their playing, and then stare at him/her. One girl came close to, smacking me upside the head for it, but most folks get used to it and start to ignore it altogether...and it actually helps them concentrate on the playing in the end!   Cheers, Rob      
(back) Subject: Re: Playing to distraction From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@truelink.net> Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 02:08:14 -0800   At 01:32 AM 2/1/1999 -0600, Robert Horton wrote:   >Suppose you're playing along during a quiet >offertory and that adorable little angel in the cherub choir comes up and >decides that she wants to find out what happens when she pulls out the knob >marked "Tuba".<snip>   Been there, done that. Children's choirs (and some adults, too!) are curse with the "What's this button do??" syndrome. In my case, it was the SFZ that got a workout during a very quiet motet. Good thing I had a change of pants in the car!   DeserTBoB