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Last Choir Service with William Ness

ChoirOur Chancel Choir sings its last regular service with William Ness on Sunday, June 7.

One section “Day by Day” from the Dettingen Te Deum will be the Offertory anthem, along with a number from Solomon with  Reginald Houze as tenor soloist.

Also included will be a new hymn by Thomas Troeger, classmate and roommate of Michael Scrogin, “Too splendid for speech but ripe for a song”set to the tune Hanoverby Frederick Swan.  Brian knows Fred Swan as do I when he came to dedicate the new organ at FBC in Lexington some years ago. Fred has been a driving force in church music for the last 40 plus years as director of music and organist at Riverside Church NYC and also at Crystal Cathedral where he became the most recognized organist in America.

One chorale prelude from William Ness’ May 15 recital is part of the Prelude along with one other prelude from the Leipzig collection, part of Bach’s last musical contribution to his magnificent and unsurpassed compositional
output. William is closing with the great Fantasia on Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott also from the Leipzig  collection as the postlude.

Bach and Handel together again along with some of the noted 20th century composers who have given so much to enrich our worship experience brings our choir year to an end.

William Ness