The mission of the American Guild of Organists is
to enrich lives through organ and choral music.
Our first program of the season was a rousing success. We met at St. Mark's Lutheran Church and enjoyed appetizers (a vegetable/dip tray, shrimp tray, hummus and pita tray, wine and water - from Harris Teeter). I had a good chance to meet other attendees, most of whom I had met before, some I knew in name only. David Anderson was kind enough to provide a spec. sheet for the organs pipework, then he played Chorale Preludes on "Ein feste Burg" by Buxtehude and Helmut Walcha, and Steve Williams the last two movements of the Eb (Trio) Sonata by J. S. Bach.
At St. Mary's Episcopal Church we enjoyed a wonderful dinner of bread/rolls, green beans, rice and chicken from the Corner Cafe. Afterward, Vance Reese played the last partita section of "O Gott, du frommer Gott," by Bach, and the G Major Prelude by Mendelssohn and Corey Powell played the G Major Fantasia by Bach.
For dessert, we met at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Avenue M provided (donated) the apple crisp which was nicely served with ice cream, with coffee. Our Dean, Kyle Ritter, thanked those in attendance for participating in our program, also those who served in the role of host at each church, as well as those who played. He acknowledged those who provided the food for this occasion, explained that when Barry Oliver left for Memphis, Kyle was left as the Dean, then offered thanks for Barry's re-energizing of the Board putting this program and the three to follow on the agenda. Then Kyle assumed the bench and played Litany by Joel Martinson; and Fanfare (for the State Trumpet) by Alec Wyton.
- Bill Smith & Vance Reese