This past October 14, a nice crowd of Central Hudson AGO members and also other affiliates enjoyed seeing, hearing and playing the Allen theatre organ at FD Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park. John Vanderlee gave some very good opening comments explaining the organ’s history: there was a donation to the school to obtain a theatre organ, with the final decision being made to install an electronic organ. John Baratta gave a very nice performance/demonstration consisting of Bach’s “Dorian” Toccata, Franck’s “Cantabile” and Robert Jones’ “Moto Perpetuo” – an energetic toccata which evoked Henri Mulet and Percy Fletcher. He concluded with a medley of theatrical pieces showing off both the “classical” and theatre sounds of which the organ was capable. Our hosts were also very generous with refreshments. It was a very good presentation and an inspiration for some who were considering similar programs at other schools. Congratulations and thank you to Messrs. Vanderlee and Baratta for their fine work.
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This upcoming month we will be presenting a Veterans’ Day Concert celebrating the veterans who have given so much for our nation’s freedoms, and also dedicated to the cause of peace in our day. This concert will be on Sunday, November 11 at 5:00 PM – presented at Christ Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie. A suggested donation of $15 will benefit mental health organizations serving veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. Combined choirs will perform works of Mendelssohn, Lindh and Vaughan Williams in addition to hymns and related works of the organ repertoire. For more information, please see http://www.christchurchpok.org/upcomingmusicevents.html. This should prove to be an extraordinary evening.
Common to all our experiences in the American Guild of Organists is the ability to share music and the transcendent power of the medium and message of our instrument. In the midst of storms, elections and various other controversies drummed up by both mainstream and social media, we should always be careful to find a moment of peace listening to the small still voice (and sometimes some loud stops as well). Regardless of circumstances, nothing can take away the common bond we share as artists and musicians. The Veterans’ Day Concert and many other chapter meetings coming up will give us the opportunity to remember what unites us amidst everything else. I hope to see you soon.
Dean, Central Hudson Valley AGO
Susan Macnish has accepted a position at St. Nicholas-on-the-Hudson in New Hamburg.
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