A Symphonic Skinner in Saginaw: Restoring the Hidden American Gem (231)
For the past two years, the Skinner Organ at First Congregational Church in Saginaw has been undergoing restoration. In this class, Nicholas Schmelter, the Minister of Music at the church and the dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will introduce you to the Skinner’s symphonic style of organ building. He will provide musical examples, anecdotes, and a tour which will provide a sensory learning experience tracing how the orchestral tradition in the U.S. impacted organ design, tonal construction, and present-day preservation. The class will be held at the church on South Jefferson Avenue in Saginaw.
Music of the English Renaissance with Northern Renaissance (343)
Join SVSU music professor Eric Nisula and Northern Renaissance to learn more about music from the English Renaissance period. Northern Renaissance played at an OLLI monthly meeting a couple of years ago and was very well received. The group includes Deanna Tibbits, Tom Butts, Eric Gibelyou and Eric Nisula. The program will include a combination of discussion about the music, instruments and history, and musical performance.