UNION — The work of composers from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries was performed during the “Spring Has Sprung, New Life Begun!” concert sponsored by the Union Music Club at Grace United Methodist Church Thursday evening.
The event drew a large crowd who heard Dr. Brennan Szafron, organist and choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, perform the works of composers from the past four centuries on the organ in the sanctuary of Grace United Methodist Church. The concert, which was called “Spring Has Sprung, New Life Begun!”, featured performances of the following works:
• “Chant du Pritemps” by Joseph Bonnet
• “Praeludium in D Major, Bux WV 146” by Dietrich Buxtehude
• Three “Shubler” Chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach
• Congregational Hymn: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by Lob Den Herren
• “Pastorale, Op. 19” by Cesar Franck
• “Offertoire: O filii et filiae” by Alexander Guilamant
• “Variations on an old American tune” by Zachary Wadsworth
• “Two preludes on Easter Hymn” by John Ferguson and Noel Goemanne
• “Suite pour orgue” by Denis Bedard
Prior to the start of the concert, the Rev. David Bauknight, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, welcomed the audience and delivered an invocation.
The concert was followed by a reception at the church.
Also prior to the start of the concert, Tommy Bishop, organist/choirmaster for Grace United Methodist Church and president of the Union Music Club, addressed the audience about the activities of the club including upcoming events.
Bishop said that May 1-8 is “National Music Week” which is sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. He said the theme of this year’s National Music Week is “Music … Notes to the Future.”
As part of National Music Week, Bishop said the Music Club will sponsor the Union County High School GT Music Club’s May Recital at Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. He said that following the recital the Music Club will present awards and scholarships.
Bishop pointed out that all proceeds from the concert go to the Music Club’s Scholarship Fund. He said that this year through its Scholarship Fund the club is helping support college students Evan Haney, Ryan West, Meredith Foster, and Maisie Fisher.
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