CMU School of Music professor and alumnus
collaborate in pipe organ rededication events
February 12, 2014
First Congregational Church of Saginaw will host the first events of its symphonic organ rededication season this spring. The programs commence with a performance by recitalist Fred Swann on Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m., and a service of dedication including the congregation’s Chancel Choir and the ensemble Exultate Deo on Sunday, May 18, 4:00 p.m.
Central Michigan University graduate and Minister of Music Nicholas Schmelter has announced the rededication season, conceived to celebrate one of the Midwest’s largest organ revitalization projects, the $500,000 restoration of the Skinner Opus 751 organ. Scott Smith Pipe Organs of Lansing, Michigan supervised the project that has included artisans, craftsmen, and subcontractors from throughout the country.
Dr. Steven Egler, Professor of Organ at CMU and Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church will perform recitals during the inaugural season, dates and times to be announced in coming months. Several other distinguished organists including Dr. Page Long, Robert Powell, Philip Rice, Bernard Wayne Sanders, and others are among musical premieres. All events are open to the public.
First Congregational Church is an acoustically-superb building, which dates to 1868, and is located on the corner of South Jefferson Avenue and Hayden Street in downtown Saginaw. The church has one of the finest facilities for music and musical outreach in the region. Over the years, musicians including Duke Ellington and Virgil Fox have performed in the sacred space. The Skinner Opus 751 organ renovation solidifies the congregation’s cultural commitment to the Cathedral District, Saginaw, and the Great Lakes Bay Region.
For more information or to inquire about the organ project, contact Nicholas E. Schmelter, Minister of Music, at 989.754.6565.