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Lecture/Recital – Early Spanish Organ Music – March 9, 2019

The Albuquerque Chapter held an informative lecture/recital program on March 9, 2019, presented by member, Nancy Granert, at the St. Luke Lutheran Church, in Albuquerque, NM.  The subject was “Early Spanish Organ Music,” which Nancy had studied in Spain with Monserrat Torrent.  She also has degrees from Oberlin College and New England Conservatory, and served as Associate Organist and Choirmaster for Harvard University’s Memorial Church, among other distinguished positions.  She taught organ at Boston University before retiring to New Mexico.

This program was attended by 38 members and friends, and introduced by the Chapter Dean, Fred Graham, with a reception following.  Nancy spoke in detail about the characteristics and ornamentation of Spanish organ music and demonstrated her subject by playing works from various composers beginning with Cabezón, (1510-1566) through to Soler (1729-1783).  The program was much appreciated by the attendees. (click on first photo to see photo full-size, then scroll through the rest)

Season Opening 2018 – Members’ Recital


James Yeager, our AGO District Convener and Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, was our host for the opening event of the 2018-2019 season, at First Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque, on Sunday, September 30.

We began at 3:00 PM with a Progressive Member Recital—there are two organs at FPC!  Members performing were: Edmund Connolly, Scott Hagler, Fred Frahm, Nancy Granert, James Yeager, Karen Parsons, and Douglas Parsons, and they played an impressive variety of music, from Buxtehude (1637-1707) to modern compositions from living composers, including one of our own members, composer and organist Fred Frahm.  There were more than 55 members and friends in attendance.

Following the recital, we had a reception and music sale, including organ music, choral music, and books about organs or choirs. (Click on first picture and scroll through to see pictures full-size, or listen to the video.)

Scott Hagler (below) Minister of Music at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal, Albuquerque, playing the Möller organ at First Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque.  Voluntary in A – John Stanley.

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