1 ENCHAMADE THE CHARLOTTE CHAPTER OF THE OCTOBER 2016 AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS October Program MUSIC FOR VOICE AND ORGAN NIGEL POTTS, ORGANIST SARAH ROSE TAYLOR, MEZZO-SOPRANO OCTOBER PROGRAM DINNER MENU Appetizers (6:00pm) Spring Rolls, Fresh Vegetables, and Assorted Cheeses Dinner Entrée (6:30pm) Chicken Enchiladas with two salsas Dessert: Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries Iced Tea or Water Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Myers Park Presbyterian Church 2501 Oxford Place Nigel Potts is canon organist and master of music at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston. He holds diplomas from music conservatories in New Zealand and England, and a Master of Music from Yale. Born in England, Sara Rose Taylor holds degrees in voice and French from La Sorbonne in Paris. For this evening performance, Nigel Potts will play organ music of John Cook, Herbert Howells, and Alexandre Guilmant. Together, they will perform Elgar s Sea Pictures accompanied by Mr. Potts transcriptions of the orchestral accompaniments. Free admission. $15 per person. Reservation deadline, with payment, is Thursday, October 20 th. or call (704) IN THIS ISSUE Dean s Message Columbia AGO Competition Member Recommendations Area Events In Memoriam: Robert Burns King November Program
2 MATTHEW MICHAEL BROWN, DEAN OFFICE: (704) , EXTENSION 104 Please contact me with any questions, concerns, or joys to share. DEAN S MESSAGE Dear Chapter Friends, Thank you to everyone who made our annual September progressive dinner a tremendous success! The evening had such great energy, and we were delighted to welcome many members and guests to our opening program! Thank you to our recitalists for providing such musical performances and Dr. Michael Lehtinen, our sub-dean, for organizing a wonderful kick-off to our program year. October brings forth another great program at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Organist Nigel Potts and mezzo-soprano Sara Rose Taylor from Charleston, SC will offer a dynamite program, and you will not want to miss it! Information regarding dinner reservations are included in this newsletter. If you are unable to attend a dinner after making a reservation, please honor your reservation with a check mailed to our chapter treasurer. Please note that all cancellations after the RSVP deadline or no-shows will be invoiced going forward. Looking ahead, there are several other great events planned for our chapter. Our website contains great information for your benefit. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us! Also, invite a friend, choir member, or friend. The Charlotte AGO eagerly welcomes guests to all programs throughout the year. Onward, Matthew
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4 MEMBER RECOMMENDATIONS Wayne Marshall: Gershwin and Bernstein Improvised Available through the Organ Historical Society, $24.95 René Becker Organ Music, Vol. I Edited by Damin Spritzer Published by Wayne Leupold Editions $46.00 Sergei Rachmaninov s Vocalise Transcribed by Nigel Potts Published by MorningStar Music $8.00 Anyone wishing to submit recommendations is invited to do so by the 10 th of each month. Please send recommendations to AREA EVENTS October 9, 2016, 2:30pm Rhodora Woodwind Quintet with Matthew Manwarren, pianist French Masterpieces including the Sextet by Francis Poulenc Cultural Arts Center 307 West Gay Street Lancaster, SC Free Admission October 10, 2016, 7:30pm Organ at Davidson: Dr. Matt Brittain, organist Davidson College Presbyterian Church 100 North Main Street Davidson, NC October 24, 2016, 8:00pm D Amore Duo (oboe and guitar) performs works by Handel, Elgar, Piazzolla, and new work Abraham and Isaac (based on the Biblical story) as inspired by Maryland composer Ronald Pearl. The Abbey Basilica 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road Belmont NC Donations are gladly accepted. October 28, 2016, 7:30pm The Charlotte AGO welcomes Nigel Potts, organist & Sara Rose Taylor, mzzo-soprano Myers Park Presbyterian Church 2501 Oxford Place Charlotte, NC Carolina Pro Musica Baroque Masters October 29, 2016, 8:00pm Music of Bach, Handel, Telemann, and Rameau. St. Martin s Episcopal Church 1510 E 7th Street Charlotte NC November 5, 2016, 11am Duruflé REQUIEM Matthew Michael Brown, Director of Music First United Methodist Church 217 South Church Street Salisbury, NC
6 I N M E M O R I A M R O B E R T B U R N S K I N G R obert Burns King, 78, of Burlington, NC, died September 25, 2016 following a four-month period of critical illness due to complications from diabetes. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, NC. A native of Conway, SC, Mr. King was a graduate of the Horry County public schools, where his parents were educators and where his father was a school principal. King's study of music began in his early years, and he became an able pianist, organist, and violinist. During his high school years, King served as the accompanist for the high school chorus and a private dance studio. He was organist at the Episcopal church in Conway and played the organ for services on Sunday evenings in the Methodist church in which he was reared. King enrolled at Furman University in Greenville, SC with the intention of pursuing a career as a physician. At Furman, he decided to make music his profession, studied organ literature and performance, and had a student appointment as organist and choirmaster with a Greenville congregation. After graduating with degrees in music and French, he taught French and English in the public schools of Greenville for one semester. King applied and was accepted to the graduate program at the School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY.
7 At Union Seminary, King's instructors included some of the nation's finest organ pedagogues, composers, and church musicians. He earned the Master of Sacred Music degree in King was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for study in France for the academic year, and his teachers there included internationally-recognized organ performers and composers, Maurice Duruflé and Jean Langlais. At the conclusion of his study in France, King was awarded the Prix de Virtuosité from the Schola Cantorum de Paris, the first American ever to be so recognized. Returning to the United States in the summer of 1962, King had accepted a one-year appointment to the music faculty of Samford University in Birmingham, AL. In the interim, the position of organistchoirmaster at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington became available. King came to Burlington to audition for the post, the position was offered to him, and he accepted it. During his tenure at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, King developed an exceptional program of sacred music for the congregation and the wider community. King supervised the design, acquisition, and installation of the James Lee Love sanctuary organ and the Holt organ in Williams Chapel. He acquired three Steinway grand pianos, a harpsichord, tympani, a set of handbells, and a custom-built handbell carillon. He conducted singing choirs for adults and children, and conducted handbell choirs for adults and youth. An annual series of concerts at First Presbyterian, which has brought organists and instrumentalists with national and international reputations to Burlington, was begun and nurtured through the years by King. For the tower at First Presbyterian, he supervised the acquisition by gift of bronze bells cast in France, which are heard daily in the downtown Burlington area. King consulted with numerous other local and regional congregations in the design and acquisition of pipe organs. He was an accredited member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and he served as state chairman and the dean of two chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). In addition to his parochial duties, King accepted appointments to the music faculties of Elon University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and was the first individual named as University Organist at Elon. At UNCG, King designed and supervised the tonal design of the Andover organ in the School of Music, and he oversaw the restoration of the sanctuary organ at First Presbyterian in 2005.
8 During his professional career, King played organ concerts in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Paris (Notre-Dame Cathedral), Edinburgh (St. Giles' Cathedral), London (St. Paul's Cathedral), Munich, Bonn, Lisbon, and in other major cities in the United States, France, Germany, and Italy. He undertook post-graduate study in 1970 with German organist Michael Schneider at the Cologne Cathedral. King was a recitalist during the 1984 Festival d'orgue at Chartres Cathedral. He was featured three times as a performer at Piccolo Spoleto's L'Organo concerts, a series running concurrently with the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. King appeared as a performer with The North Carolina Symphony and as a recitalist at regional conventions of the AGO. He recorded three compact discs of music for organ and choir, and his recordings were heard across Europe through Vienna's Radio Klassik Stephansdom. King's work as both an organist and choirmaster received outstanding critical acclaim in professional journals. After 45 years of service, King retired from First Presbyterian Church in At that time, the church's governing body elected him an honorary member of the College of Elders and named the choral rehearsal facility The Robert Burns King Music Room. In 2007, his contributions to the cultural arts in Alamance County were recognized by Elon University and the Alamance County Arts Council with the C. Fletcher Moore Leadership in the Arts Award. In retirement, King continued his support of First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. Memorial contributions honoring King may be made to the Ottis M. Winfield Organ Maintenance Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 508 West Davis Street, Burlington, NC
9 UPCOMING PROGRAM Stylus phantasticus a master class and seminar featuring DR. CHARLES TOMPKINS Professor of Organ Furman University in Greenville, SC FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 th 7:30pm Cathedral of St. Patrick 1621 Dilworth Road NE, Charlotte
10 Visit our website for up-to-date programming information, available positions, area events, and more! AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS CHARLOTTE CHAPTER 217 South Church Street Salisbury, North Carolina 28144