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"Pfaltzgraff and Pfriends" to Present Second Concert in Series


Philip Pfaltzgraff, staff accompanist at Wayne State College, will present "Pfaltzgraff and Pfriends" at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. The title of the concert series, in which Pfaltzgraff performs with other musicians, refers to a varied program of concerts to be presented in several locations around the area. Each concert will feature music unique to the artists on the program. Watch for announcements about other programs in this series.

Pfaltzgraff will be joined by Dr. David Bohnert, associate professor of music and director of bands at Wayne State and “A Touch of Brass” brass quintet; Dr. Elise Gutshall (soprano), voice/music education faculty; and Brian Burns (tenor), interim voice, choral and music education instructor at Wayne State. “A Touch of Brass” is composed of Keith Krueger and David Bohnert (trumpet), Denise Bender (French Horn), Randy Neuharth (trombone), and Joshua Calkin (tuba) assistant director of bands and instructor of low brass at Wayne State.

Pfaltzgraff graduated from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, in 1971 with a Music Education (major in voice) Degree. He has worked in public and private schools (K-12) in Hubbard, Des Moines and Waukee, Iowa, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mt. Pleasant, Mich. In addition to a career in music education, he has served in music and pastoral leadership in churches in Iowa, Florida, and Michigan.

The program: Bohnert, Gutshall and Pfaltzgraff will perform 1. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, from J.S. Bach’s (1685-1750) Cantata 51 and 7. Faro la vendetta and 3. Con voce festiva from Alessandro Scarlatti’s (1660-1725) 7 Arie con Tromba Sola. Pfaltzgraff will perform Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Burns will perform Robert Schumann’s (1810-1856) Widmung, Francesco Paolo Tosti’s (1846-1916) Sogno, and Stefano Donaudy’s (1879-1925) O del mio amato ben. The brass quintet, accompanied by organ, will perform Camille Saint-Saens ‘ (1835-1921) Maestoso from Symphony #3 (“Organ”) and G. F. Handel’s (1685-1759) Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound.


The concert coincides with the American Guild of Organists (AGO) International Year of the Organ, which will “celebrate the King of Instruments,” according to AGO. The year of festivities began with special events at the National Convention of the AGO in Minneapolis in June, and will end with the AGO Regional Conventions this summer.


The Wayne event is free and open to the public. The church is at 421 Pearl Street, Wayne.


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