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Thursday, October 28,2010

Organists Guild performs pops concert

Bell choir, vocalists and instrumentalists are also on the bill

by Meghan Spork

(Thursday, Oct. 28) The
Greater Lansing Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be presenting its Fifth Annual Autumn Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at the
Presbyterian Church of Okemos.


“The
beauty of this concert is the different types of music,” said Elsbeth
Weidenaar, a retired substitute organist and choir director.


New
to the concert this year is the addition of the Okemos Presbyterian Church Bell
Choir, directed by Irene Shutt. The bell choir will be accompanied by
tuba and clarinet soloists.


“Bells
are unique instruments, but it’s a truly unusual combination to have a bell
choir accompanied by a tuba and a clarinet,” Weidenaar said.


Lansing-based
artists ranging from vocalists to tuba players will exhibit their talents. The
lineup includes a piano and organ duet, as well as performances from Rosewind
Quintet, which includes a flute, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, and oboe.
The
concert will conclude with an organ and percussion piece played in the style of
Mannheim Steamroller, which blends 18th-century music with a rock ‘n’
roll feel.


The
concert is a fundraiser for the American Guild of Organists’ scholarship fund.
Scholarships go towards offsetting the costs of organ lessons for organ
students. Last year, the concert drew almost 200 listeners and raised
approximately $750. Admission to the concert is free, but a free-will offering
will be taken.


Fifth Annual Autumn Pops
Concer
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3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7
Presbyterian Church of Okemos,
2258 N. Bennett Road
Free

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