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 2022-2023 Chapter Program Calendar 

Monday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.                              Annual Organ Scholarship Student Concert

                                                                            Church of the Ascension (Episcopal), Denver

The opening concert of the 2022-2023 season features students who received scholarships for organ lessons this summer: Battseten Erdenebulgan, Abrielle Gardner, Kaitlyn Heyd, William Hoffman, Edward Nolen, Elizabeth O'Rourke, Gabriel Richard Lopez Smith, and Max Wilson. Piano and organ teachers: your students are especially encouraged to attend and learn about the scholarship application process. A reception and music swap will follow the concert.

Friday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.                            Hymn Festival with Michael Burkhardt:

                                                                            Singing the Psalms of Life

                                                                            Ascension Lutheran Church, Littleton

Internationally renowned composer-organist Michael Burkhardt, Artist-Professor of Organ at Eastern Michigan University, will present an inspiring hymn festival featuring choir, handbells, timpani, and brass quartet. The festival will cover many facets of our life journey, seasons of the church year, and musical genres, using arrangements that can be applied in church music programs. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9-11 a.m.                           Hymn-Playing Workshop with Michael Burkhardt

                                                                            Ascension Lutheran Church, Littleton

Dr. Burkhardt will offer a workshop designed for organists who play in worship settings.

Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.                             Hymn Festival with David Cherwien

                                                                            First Congregational Church, Boulder

Famed organist-improviser David Cherwien, Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, will present a hymn festival as the church's annual Sawyer Memorial Organ Concert. Free to AGO members.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon             Hymn-Playing Workshop with David Cherwien

                                                                            First Congregational Church, Boulder

Dr. Cherwien's workshop will cover hymn-playing and improvisation skills. A book-swap table will be available, and refreshments will be served.

POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2023               Eleventh Annual Historic Organ Tour

Every year, the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter partners with Historic Denver to present a morning of history, architecture, and beautiful organ music. Details on the itinerary and ticket information will be available soon.

Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.                              Organ Concert: Nicole Keller

                                                                            Saint John's Cathedral, Denver

Nicole Keller is the newly appointed assistant professor of organ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has performed around the world and is particularly known for her varied programming. Free and open to all.

Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.                                Spirituals: The Mother of Black Music

                                                                            Director M. Roger Holland and The Spirituals Project Choir

                                                                            with Michael Boney, organist

                                                                            First Plymouth Congregational Church, Cherry Hills Village

Celebrate Black History Month with this concert of spirituals for both choir and organ. The Spirituals Project Choir of the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, directed by M. Roger Holland II, is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the spirituals through musical, educational, and social justice work in the community. Michael Boney is the renowned director of music and organist at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Saturday, March 11, 9:30 a.m.-noon         A Listener's Guide to the Book of the Holy Sacrament

                                                                            Lecture-Demonstration by David Vogels

                                                                            Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver

Olivier Messiaen's monumental Livre du Saint Sacrement is loaded with more hidden codes and theological references than a Dan Brown novel. In this lecture-demonstration, David Vogels will unlock the doors to understanding the piece for the optimum listening experience. He will summarize the underlying quotations and sound-design elements of Messiaen’s musical language in each of the 18 movements, using images and recorded comparisons. Mr. Vogels is currently translating a full-length book on the Livre by Dorothee Bauer, soon to be published by Brill/Schöningh. Based on that research, he considers this guide to be essential for anyone attending his subsequent performance, whether an organist or simply a music lover. Free and open to all.

Saturday, March 11, noon                            Luncheon with Address by AGO President Eileen J. Hunt

                                                                             Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver

This lunch in Fellowship Hall will honor the Steering Committee and volunteers of the 1998 AGO National Convention in Denver on its 25th anniversary. For reservation information, see the Denver Drawknob.

Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m.                             Book of the Holy Sacrament with David Vogels, organist

                                                                            Messiaen's Masterpiece in Sound and Images

                                                                            Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver

The 18-movement Livre du Saint Sacrement, commissioned by the AGO in 1986, is one of the most significant works of the past century. David Vogels, who has been studying the piece intensively for several years, will perform it in its entirety. For the first time, the music will be accompanied by projected images showing the text quotations, birds, Gregorian chants, colors, and stained-glass windows that are woven into Messiaen’s vast tapestry of sound. The concert and lecture are cosponsored by Augustana Arts. There is no admission charge for either event, but reservations are requested for planning purposes; click here or visit AugustanaArts.org.

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