Saturday, October 31, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
— A free concert benefit: all donations will go to Springfield's Salvation Army —
Electronic lighting effects and dramatic dance will heighten the atmosphere at this extraordinary concert. Splendidly evocative (and even a little scarey!) classics, filled with staccato chords and deep swelling tones, will emerge from the Brombaugh Pipe Organ at the skilled touch of organist Christopher Holman. The musical selections will include: Toccata in D-Minor, J.S. Bach; and pieces by composers Dieterich Buxtehude and César Franck among others. Musical guests include an Illinois Symphony String Ensemble and an oboist from the Illinois Symphony. High school student, Annie Gregurich will play a special selection on the piano.
Lighting artist Stephen Tankersley will add special effects to accentuate and bring to life the rich music. Choreographer Elizabeth Cheney of Springfield Dance has created interpretive movement with ethereal costuming to round out a magical experience of light, sound, and expressive dance to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
We invite you to dress for the concert — all in black, all in white, in costume — in order to participate more fully in the sensations of this unique experience. The concert itself is free: we will gladly accept donations to benefit the Springfield Salvation Army.
— ABOUT THE ARTISTS—
Christopher Holman is an organ performance student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has played and performed on some of the finest organs in North America, including those at the Mormon Tabernacle, McGill University, Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and other American universities and conservatories. He is currently the organist-choirmaster at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the collegiate church of Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois. He also serves as organ scholar at the Chapel of St. John the Divine in Champaign, Illinois. The winner of various honors and awards, Mr. Holman has won first prizes in both performance and hymn-playing at the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition in Connecticut, won the Young Baroque Artists Competition, and the Craig D. Jessop Scholarship in competition from The Chorale, all in 2010. He studies under Dana Robinson.
Elizabeth Cheney is a nurse at Memorial Medical Center. She teaches modern and ballroom dance at Springfield Dance and choreographs for local theatres. Her numerous credits include Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, Cabaret, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her biggest fan is her daughter, Lola.
John Brombaugh’s Opus 35 pipe organ was designed and crafted explicitly for First Presbyterian Church and has attracted national and international attention since its installation in 2000. The organ’s general layout follows the traditions of northwest continental European organ building that was reaching its peak development by the mid-17th century. The Brombaugh Opus 35 has 3,250 pipes, 3 manuals and pedal with 46 stops.