Advent Lutheran Church to host guest organists in performances
By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
SUNTREE -- The new 26-rank pipe organ at Advent Lutheran Church will get quite the workout throughout December, as the church hosts a series of "mini-concerts," filled with Christmas music.
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Advent Lutheran Church will host the second of three organ concerts, featuring guest organists from Central Florida. The concerts are free to the public and begin at noon.
"The December pipe organ mini-concerts are designed to provide some holiday entertainment in a shorter and more casual format than the concerts in Advent's regular concert series," said Betty Jo Couch, organist at Advent Lutheran Church. "The free concerts will be 40-45 minutes long, and are at a time convenient for workers on their lunch hours, shoppers ready for a break or anyone else, who just wants to enjoy some good live music."
Ms. Couch added that audience members are welcome to come and go, as their schedule permits.
Each concert will be performed by a different organist from the Central Florida area.
"A variety of musicians will bring their personalities and unique musical experiences to their performances," Ms. Couch said.
David Vogeding, who recently retired as the director of music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, will be the performer for the show on Dec. 11.
"David Vogeding is a professional church musician," Ms. Couch said.
The Director Emeritus of the Indialantic Chamber Singers, a vocal chamber ensemble he founded in 1999, Mr. Vogeding's performance is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
"Each organist will play Advent music, Christmas carols and other pieces on the church's A.E. Schlueter pipe organ by composers such as Bach, Handel and Pachelbel," Ms. Couch added.
The new organ, which was installed in January 2012, continues to gain a reputation for musical beauty throughout the Central Florida area.
"Everyone at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree is happy to share the spirit of Christmas in these free December concerts," Ms. Couch said in a press release.
Advent Lutheran Church will host the second of three pipe organ mini-concerts on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at noon. The concerts are free to the public, with no tickets required.
For more information, call (321) 259-8515, Ext. 226, or visit www.AdventSuntree.com.