We have full line-up of interesting programs for the spring that will take us to Olympia and Roy, as well as Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. We invite you to take these opportunities to learn more about the organ and its music, hear great performances on wonderful organs, and to enjoy the company of your AGO friends.
We start on Saturday, February 11 with an all-day field trip to Olympia organized by board member Curt Sather, director of music at St John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia. The morning begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd for a lecture/demonstration/recital by organ builder Paul Fritts and organist Mark Brombaugh, followed by an open console. Lunch can be reserved at St John’s Episcopal for $10 with Curt Sather, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may bring your own. The afternoon session at 1:30 features a demonstration of the installation at St John’s of the 1967 Schlicker organ, originally built for Plymouth Church, Seattle.
Monday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. features a lecture-demonstration on the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University by Paul Thornock, director of music at St James’ Cathedral, Seattle. He will discuss the origins of the French cyclical organ symphony with the Symphonie Op. 5 of Augustin Barié and trace its influence on later works by Vierne and others. You will also be treated to a full performance of the Barié Symphonie.
April events include an open house at the Roy organ shop of Pasi Organ Builders on Saturday, April 1 from 2-5 p.m., when Martin Pasi will showcase his latest organ, Pasi Op. 26, a two-manual 19-stop organ built for Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Michigan. Also in April, Curt Sather’s recital at Pacific Lutheran University on Sunday, April 9 will be followed by a reception for AGO members hosted by PLU Professor Emeritus David Dahl at his home near the university, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Our final event for the year is the annual Student Recital at Pacific Lutheran University on Monday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Come to enjoy and support Tacoma’s talented young organists!
Tacoma AGO Chapter Spring 2017 Meetings:
Tacoma visits Olympia, Saturday, February 11, 10:30-3:30 p.m., The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and St John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia
Augustin Barié and the Origins of the French Cyclical Organ Symphonie with Paul Thornock, Monday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma
Open House featuring Pasi Op. 26, Saturday, April 1, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Pasi Organ Builders, Roy
Reception for Curt Sather Recital at PLU, Sunday, April 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m., home of David Dahl, Tacoma
Student Recital at PLU, Monday, May 22, 7:30-9:00 p.m.