Free Organ Concert at Shepherd of the Bay

Organist Naomi Rowley will present a program of “classical pops” for organ at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay on Oct. 6 at 7 pm. To conclude this year’s series of special musical events at Shepherd of the Bay, Rowley has chosen a highly varied program designed to inspire, delight, and amuse an audience of all ages.

Fans of the Baroque will immediately recognize the melody of Handel’s Largo and the dramatic intensity of J.S. Bach’s monumental Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. “Camptown” Mozart, recently brought to light by John David Peterson, transforms Mozart’s classical Andante (K. 616) for organ to pay homage to Stephen Foster.

Devotees of organ music are familiar with arrangements of hymn tunes, referred to as hymn preludes or chorale preludes. “Although few are likely familiar with another closely related genre,” Rowley commented, “most will quickly identify Daniel Gawthrop’s choice of tunes for his set of three floral preludes, each one of which includes a flower in its name.”

Also to be heard are a festive flourish by American composer Aaron Miller, the French lyricism of Gabriel Pierné and a march by John Phillip Sousa.

This concert is free and open to the public, and a free-will offering will be collected to benefit musical events at the church.

Shepherd of the Bay is located at 11836 Highway 42 in Ellison Bay. For more information call 920.854.2988.