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Celebrating 25 years of the Wilhelm Organ at First Congregational Church

Published: March 29, 2017 12:06 AM
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HUDSON -- This year marks 25 years since the installation of the great Wilhelm pipe organ at First Congregational Church of Hudson in 1991.

Please join First Congregational Church in continuing to celebrate this milestone with a performance of Handel's Organ Concerto Op. 4, No. 4, during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services on April 2 in the church's sanctuary, located at 47 Aurora St., Hudson.

Charlotte Beers Plank, church organist, will perform the organ solo along with a chamber ensemble of professional players, conducted by Thomas More Scott, PhD, Director of Music Ministries.

"Even beforethe time of Bach and Handel, the pipe organ has excelled in its role of leading congregational song and providing inspirational music for the faithful.

Today, when many churches have abandoned the pipe organ and its repertoire, First Congregational Church of Hudson reaffirms its role in worship as it continues to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the installation of the great Wilhelm tracker," Scott said.

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"We have a very fine young organist, Charlotte Plank, playing an organ concerto written by one of the two great composer of the Baroque period, George FridericHandel.

To complete the musical landscape, we will also be playing Jesu,Joy of man's Desiring, written by the other giant of that era, J.S. Bach," added Scott.

Plank is the organist for FCCH. Also an experienced pianist and vocalist, she is active as a recitalist and freelance musician throughout Northeast Ohio.

Previously, she served as the organist for Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin. She works as an Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

Charlotte and her husband Aidan, an accomplished double-bassist, live in Hudson with their cat, Lily.

Contact Plank at cplank@hudsonucc.org with any questions.

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