Friday, October 2, 2015

Organ Takes Center Stage at Messiah Lutheran

Plan to attend this Sunday's organ recital with Tom Alderman.

Earlier today,  WLRH Host Ginny Kennedy sat down with Lois Graff,  Director of Music Ministries and Messiah Lutheran Church and Bob Gustafson, to discuss this Sunday's concert that will feature Messiah's pipe organ.  The concert is being sponsored by Miller Pipe Organ Services, Inc. of Buford, Georgia. 

Click on the link below to hear the interview.  Enjoy! 

Organ Takes Center Stage at Messiah Lutheran

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Alderman Rehearses at Messiah - Concert This Sunday

We're pulling out all the Stops!

Yesterday organist Tom Alderman rehearsed for several hours on Messiah's pipe organ in preparation for Sunday's 6 PM organ concert.  Alderman's recital will be the first concert of the 2015-2016 Music at Messiah Classical Concert Series and the first to feature Messiah's recently installed pipe organ as a solo instrument.

Sunday's concert will feature a variety of beautiful music well suited to both Messiah's organ and the splendid acoustics of the sanctuary which was expanded in 2012.

The organ was custom built on site by George Miller and Miller Pipe Organ Services, Inc.  last summer and dedicated on Reformation Sunday, October 26th, 2014.   Mr. Miller is sponsoring this concert, arranging Mr. Alderman's trek across and over the Georgia-Alabama line  this Sunday after his morning worship services conclude at Roswell United Methodist Church where he is organist.

All are welcome to attend Sunday's concert.  While our concerts remain free of charge,  the series does take at the door and has donor recognition program.   Advertisements are also available in future programs.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tom Alderman, October 4 Organ Recital

Tom Alderman, organist at Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell Georgia will be presenting an organ recital as part of the 2015-2016 "Music at Messiah Classical Concert Series."   The concert will take place on Sunday, October 4th at 6 PM at Messiah Lutheran Church, 7740 Hwy 72 West, in Madison, Alabama.  The concert is free, no tickets required. 

Alderman will be playing Messiah's pipe organ which was installed in the fall of 2014. The custom built, refurbished organ was designed by Miller Organ Company of Buford, GA and features over 800 pipes specifically tailored to fill Messiah's acoustically splendid sanctuary with rich textures and tonal variety

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Concert Date August 2nd, Not July 26th as reported by recent Madison Record Article

Dear Friends of  Music at Messiah -

The Madison Record recently ran a printed article which listed an incorrect performance date as July 26th. While we're not certain where the error occurred, the good news is... you haven't missed the concert! They have placed the correct date on their online article, which can be read here. 

Here's the article.

Andrew Nalley will perform on August 2nd, 2015 at 4 PM at Messiah Lutheran Church. A light reception will follow the performance.  

Hear Andrew Nalley interviewed live on Friday 7/31 

We also have confirmed that Andrew will be interviewed on Classical Radio Station 89.3 WLRH by host Ginny Kennedy on Friday, July 31st at approximately 10 AM.    Listeners online can hear the interview here

We are grateful for the publicity and outreach these two media outlets provide our Classical Concert Series.

See you on August 2nd at 4 PM.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andrew Nalley, Baritone, Set to Perform August 2nd

Outstanding, Emerging Baritone from the University of Alabama set to present the next concert for the Music at Messiah Classical Concert Series.

Concert Information
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at  4:00 pm
Messiah Lutheran Church
7741 Hwy 72 West
Madison, Al 35758

Cost of the concert is free. Donations are welcome. A reception will be held after the performance.

Baritone Andrew Nalley is a senior at the University of Alabama where he is a student of Dr. Paul Houghtaling. At Alabama, Andrew has been heard in a variety of roles with the UA Opera Theatre including the title role in Don Giovanni, John Sorel in The Consul, Archibald Grosvenor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, and the Bailiff in the world premiere of Amir Zaheri’s The Raven’s Revenge. Also with the UA Opera Theatre, he was a finalist in the National Opera Association’s 2011 Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition in San Antonio, Texas. In 2014, he appeared as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods with Opera in the Ozarks in Arkansas.

 He has been a winner and a finalist in numerous competitions including Alabama’s MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition, the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, Birmingham Music Club Guild, Alabama Music Teachers Association, NATS, and the Montgomery Symphony’s Vann Vocal Institute Emerging Artists Competition. Additional performance credits include Dick McGann in Street Scene with the Harrower Opera Workshop and Robert Livingston in Huntsville, Alabama’s Independent Musical Theater’s production of 1776.

Andrew began his vocal studies with Martha Brouse at Belle Voce Studio in Huntsville. With Belle Voce he was seen as Count Almaviva in the Marriage of Figaro and Marius in Les Miserable. He has also studied at the Westminster Choir College’s CoOperative training program and has coached with David Cangelosi, Laurie Rogers, Alan Held, and Steven Crawford.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AGO Organ Recital at Messiah Lutheran at Noon on April 9th

The console of Messiah Lutheran's  newly installed pipe organ
(Photo / illustration by Meredith Kilby)
The local AGO (American Guild of Organists) will be presenting an organ concert on Thursday, April 9th at 12:00 Noon at Messiah Lutheran Church, 7740 Hwy 72 West in Madison, Alabama.

Organists Susan Fletcher and Mary Williamson will be the recitalists.

Messiah's pipe organ is just into its first full year of enhancing the worship and music ministries at Messiah Lutheran Church. The church was built in 1993 and a pipe organ was installed shortly thereafter, but a 2011 sanctuary expansion necessitated the need for a larger instrument to be located.  The Organ Search Committee sought an instrument that would not only support Messiah's worship services but also serve as a quality performance and recital organ for the community and the newly formed Music at Messiah Classical Concert Series.  After an extensive search and intensive build process during the summer of 2014,  Messiah dedicated the organ on October 26th, 2014 and held its first recital. 

The organ features over 800 pipes and is located within the upper level of the east transept of the choir area.  This custom built, refurbished organ was designed by Miller Pipe Organ Services with the rich textures of a solid foundation, adding tonal variety and color with reeds and mixtures.  The fine workmanship of the organ builders and the acoustics of the sanctuary combine to give the pipe organ a lively presence and glorious sound.

The event is presented by local American Guild of Organists members, in coordination with Lois Graff, who is the Organist and Director of Music at Messiah Lutheran Church.  Lois also serves on the board of the Music at Messiah Classical Concert Series.

The April 9th concert was originally scheduled March 5th as part of a noontime organ recital series during the Lenten season, but was cancelled due to wintry weather.

The concert is free and all are welcome to attend! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tonight 7 PM! The University of Alabama - Birmingham Chorus to perform at Messiah with Bob Jones HS Chorus.

The expanded sanctuary of Messiah Lutheran Church
offers exceptional accoustics for choral performances. 

The University of Alabama-Birmingham Chorus and Bob Jones High School Chorus will be in concert tonight at Messiah Lutheran Church 

This is a rare opportunity to hear fine choral music performed by an accomplished college choir (of about 60 voices) in our church sanctuary.  

Messiah choir director Randall Fields will be conducting his high school chorus as part of the program. The evening will include "O Magnum Mysterium" as a combined piece performed by both choruses.  
Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.  
Open to the public.  
Donations accepted.
Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 7740 Hwy 72 West, Madison, Alabama
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