A special concert at First Congregational Church of Evanston will celebrate the church’s first 140 years with a concert of music especially significant in its history. Featuring the Chancel Choir and soloists with music director and organist David Lornson, the concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4, at First Congregational Church,1445 Hinman Ave.
The program includes the chorus “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’s “German Requiem”, which was sung during the dedication service of the church’s sanctuary building in October 1927. Other choral selections include “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by Peter Christian Lutkin, a longtime Evanston presence as the first dean of Northwestern University’s music school, and “Avinu Malkeynu” by Max Janowski, who was music director at KAM Isaiah Israel Synagogue in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Mr. Lornson will play the popular Widor Toccata as well as Bach’s “St. Anne” Fugue in E-flat major, based on the first phrase of the hymn “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”; the fugue was played at the dedication recital for First Congregational’s historic Skinner pipe organ in 1927. The concert also features the Chancel Choir’s four soloists – soprano Cindy Senneke, mezzo-soprano Beth Babbitt, tenor Kevin Siembor, and bass-baritone Tom Hall – in solos by Franck, Malotte, Rossini and Duke Ellington. Concluding the program are selections by John Rutter and Paul Halley, two composers featured frequently in First Congregational services in recent years.
A freewill offering will be collected. The audience is invited to a reception following the concert. For further information, call 847-864-8332.