As I write this on the evening after Easter, I hope that all of our chapter members have had a Blessed Holy Week and Easter or Passover! I had a business appointment that required that I leave my house at 10:30 am on Easter morning to drive to Oregon, so I was unable to attend any of the services at my home church in Bellevue. Instead, I found the Festival Eucharist service starting at 8:45 which was live-streamed on YouTube from Epiphany Seattle. It was a magnificent service with a Brass quintette with Timpani and the 1997 Noack organ, all arranged and organized by the Epiphany Director of Music Zach Hemenway and supported by Associated Director of Music Dr. Wyatt Smith, both of whom played the organ in various portions of the service. As Zach is our chapter candidate for Dean-Elect for the coming year, I am very much looking forward to working with him and learning what he has in mind for programs for the 2022-2023 year. The video of this service has been viewed over 250 times and is still available at:
As noted in our last newsletter, our next chapter meeting will be the “All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ” recital at St. Mark’s Cathedral on Friday 5/13/22 at 7:30 pm. This program is being co-sponsored by our chapter and Early Music Seattle. Alexander Weimann, Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, will finally journey from his home in Canada to play the Flentrop organ in a much-awaited performance delayed twice by the pandemic. The German-born musician will perform much-beloved works from the vast repertoire of Bach’s compositions for organ, and will also offer brief improvisations much like Bach himself. A reception will follow. Masks are currently not required at St. Mark’s Cathedral, but chapter members should feel free to wear them if desired. Of course, should the pandemic enter a new more troublesome phase, mask requirements could change by the time of the program. Check the St. Mark’s website as the event approaches.
Admission will be at no charge to chapter members. Members should bring and wear their name tags for this no-charge admission. If they have been lost or misplaced or never issued to a new member, please contact Howard or Rita Stoess, and they should be able to make up a suitable name tag for the event. Their contact information is found in our chapter directory.
May AGO Event
Friday, May 13, 7:30 pm Organ concert at St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E. Seattle 98102 featuring organist Alex Weimann playing an allBach concert on the Flentrop organ. The concert will also include improvisations in the style of the master. This concert will be offered both for inperson attendance and also via ticketed livestreaming. This concert is cosponsored by the Cathedral, the Seattle AGO Chapter and Early Music Seattle. No charge for Seattle AGO members. Please wear your AGO chapter name badge.