Pedals and Pipes was theme for Music Club meeting

Posted 3/3/18

“Pedals and Pipes” was the evening’s theme when the Cleveland Music Club met at First United Methodist Church for its monthly meeting March 1.

President Rick Donegan opened the meeting with greetings to all members and their guests. He thanked Terry Barger for arranging to have the club meeting in the inviting atmosphere of the church and enjoy its fine organ.

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“Pedals and Pipes” was the evening’s theme when the Cleveland Music Club met at First United Methodist Church for its monthly meeting March 1.
President Rick Donegan opened the meeting with greetings to all members and their guests. He thanked Terry Barger for arranging to have the club meeting in the inviting atmosphere of the church and enjoy its fine organ.

Secretary Dortha Townsend conducted the roll call followed by reading the minutes of the February meeting, and Barger presented his treasurer’s report. Approval was unanimous.

Andy Hunt gave an update on preparations for the Music Club Scholarship auditions to be held on April 22. Application forms have been submitted to the appropriate schools, and applicants for the scholarship are asked to submit their application not later than five days ahead of the audition. Hunt also brought additional application forms to the meeting for members to pass them on to students who may wish to apply. He asked club members who would like to be a judge at the auditions to let him know.
Referring to the club’s by-laws, Donegan explained a nominating committee has to be appointed at the March meeting. That committee has to assemble a slate of officer nominees to be presented to the club members at the meeting on April 5 where nominations from the floor can be added to that slate. The election of officers will take place at the April 5 meeting and the newly elected officers will be installed at the club meeting on May 3. They will begin serving a two-year term starting in September.
Complying with the bylaw rules, Rick Donegan, Milteen Cartwright and Pam Edgemon were appointed to serve as Nominating Committee.

Donegan reminded members that he will be directing the next music program when the club meets at the home of David and Angie Goodwill on April 5. The program will be about operas, operettas and musicals. He asked members that are interested in being part of that program to let him know what pieces they would like to perform.
Jean Henderson introduced as Hymn of the Month “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” from the United Methodist Hymnal. She explained that the hymn is often used in services during Lent and the Holy Week.
The Englishman Sir John Bowring wrote the hymn in 1825. Bowring was a politician and diplomat who had a special gift for foreign languages. He was therefore appointed by the British government to travel to many foreign countries around the world. It has been claimed by many hymnologists that Bowring may have been inspired to write this hymn when he was on one of those trips to a colony near Hong Kong where he saw a large bronze cross towering over the ruins of a cathedral that had been destroyed by a typhoon.

Henderson shared an interesting story about how Ithamar Conkey, in 1851, changed the tune of the hymn to the new tune known and used now. Conkey, a choir director and organist at a Baptist church in Connecticut, became upset when only one soprano by the name of Mrs. Beriah. S. Rathbun showed up for his choir’s morning service. But his displeasure changed to an inspiration that made him compose for that day’s evening service a new and much better tune for the hymn. He named it after his faithful only soprano who had shown up in the morning. Since that day, the tune of the hymn has been referred to as Rathbun.
Martha Lessig played accompaniment as the assembled group joined Henderson in singing two verses of the hymn.

The program “Pedals and Pipes,” directed by Terry Barger, offered a selection of organ music. The performers on the program played pieces that were special to them, and they introduced their choice individually.
Martha Lessig started with “Prelude,” by the contemporary American composer Robert J. Powell, a prolific creator of organ and choral music, who is also celebrated as a church organist and choir director. Powell, born in Mississippi, in 1932, is presently – at age 86 – serving as the organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Greenville, SC.
Lessig’s second choice was “A Tune for Trumpet,” by Gilbert Martin, (born 1941). He is another American organist, composer and editor of choral music with a long list of awards added to his name.

Karen Archer played “Ricercare on St. Anne,” by Gordon Young, (1919-98), an American organist and inexhaustible composer of both organ and choral works. More than 800 of them have been published.
Andy Hunt played an Eleanor Whitsett arrangement of “We’re Marching to Zion.” This hymn is included in the United Methodist Hymnal.
Jean Henderson played “Ave Maria,” a melody that the Austrian composer Franz Schubert wrote in 1825 for “Ellen’s Third Song,” a young girl’s prayer from Sir Walter Scott’s poem “Lady of the Lake.” However, when Schubert’s melody was later used with the Latin words of the Roman Catholic prayer “Ave Maria,” it became one of his best-known works, and it has been recorded by many famous singers.
Terry Barger closed the program with “How Great thou Art,” an arrangement by Dan Miller. This hymn is also a staple of the United Methodist Hymnal.

All performers received well-deserved applause and thanks from their audience, and Donegan added special thanks to the First United Methodist Church for the gracious welcome.

The Hospitality Committee, chaired by Patti Hunt and joined by Andrea and Brian Lessig, offered refreshments and tasty treats that were enjoyed by everybody.



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