"Pfaltzgraff and Pfriends" to Celebrate Year of the Organ
Philip Pfaltzgraff, staff accompanist at Wayne State College, will present "Pfaltzgraff and Pfriends" at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Grace 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.
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 in the summer of 2009.
Pfaltzgraff will be joined by Dr. Linda Christensen, piano/technology faculty at Wayne State (piano); Dr. Elise Gutshall, voice/music education faculty (Soprano); Dr. Ron Lofgren, voice/choral director (Tenor); and Dr. Jay O'Leary, woodwind teacher (Oboe/Clarinet).
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 Oct. 26 program includes: Piano duets (Christensen, Pfaltzgraff); vocal solos such as hymn settings and African American Spirituals (Gutshall, Lofgren); Concerto for Oboe by Corelli-Barbirolli (O'Leary); Organ pieces include Prelude & Fugue in G Major by Nicholas Bruhns, Partita on the hymn tune "Nicea" by Charles Callahan, Petite Suite by Canadian composer, Gerald Bales, and Setting of "When in Our Music God is Glorified" by Robert Hobby (Pfaltzgraff); and a new composition, "Silent Devotion" (from Shiru Ladonai Shir Chadash by Gerson Kingsley), for voices, piano, and clarinet.
The Casavantes organ at Grace Lutheran Church is a 1979 instrument, 3-manual tracker organ. The church is at 904 Logan Street in Wayne.