Schaeffer Organ Concert Series
2013 concert announced
Mark your calendar! Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 7:30-8:30 p.m. features the Schantz organ in concert with Georgia Regents University Singers (GRU), University of South Carolina Aiken Concert Choir (USCA), and The Augusta Men's Chorus (AMC). Works to be performed include the Charles Marie Widor Mass for Two Choirs and Two Organs (Brad Cunningham and James E. Nord, organists),and the famous Widor Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5, plus congregational singing.
Also on the menu
GRU: Johannes Brahms' Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee, and Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord by Undine Moore
USCA: William Hawley's Not One Sparrow Forgotten, and Peace (Shaker Song) by Kevin Siegfried
AMC: "The Pasture" from Frostiana (Robert Frost poetry set to music by Randall Thompson) and Rise Up O Men of God by Kenneth Jennings
The concert is one hour in length and is free and open to the public. Appropriate for ages 10 years or older. Childcare available beginning 7 p.m. The concert is funded by the Reid Memorial John G. Schaeffer Organ Concert Fund.
The 2012 concert has come and gone! The house was full including the balcony. Children filled the bean bag seating area, we enjoyed the company of Augusta State University students, members of Reid Memorial and the Augusta community, and visitors from as far away as Atlanta, Columbia, Greenwood, Barnwell and Aiken South Carolina, and even West Virginia.
Enjoy photos from the concert Visit Christopher's Web site
View the concert programs ages 7-12 and adults
Thank you to The Augusta Chronicle for excellent coverage.
And, in case you haven't heard, the pipe organ is enjoying a resurging popularity in the younger generation. Read more
Christopher Houlihan was here!
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
We agree with The American Organist, New York...
“Clearly, Christopher Houlihan is a major talent
whose star is destined to brightly shine over
the horizon of the years ahead.”
The pre-concert demonstration (left) was a hit not only with the children, but the big kids (adults) too!
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Dr. John Gerhardt Schaeffer (pictured right), former Reid organist and Augusta State University music professor, was a friend to the Augusta music and arts community. His contributions spanned almost 30 years and his influence continues. After Dr. Schaeffer's death in November 1996, the John Schaeffer Organ Concert Series fund was established. This series showcases the culmination of a dream come true, the building of one of Augusta’s finest pipe organs, the Reid Memorial Schantz pipe organ. While we are thankful for all who have contributed toward making the dream of a new instrument and a concert series come true, we acknowledge God, creator and author of all things seen and not seeen, to be the source of these blessings. To God be praise and glory.