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MGS Presents David Higgs, organ

MGS joins with Christ United Methodist Church to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Fisk Op. 82 organ.

To perform for this special event, MGS brings back one of America’s leading concert organists, David Higgs.  In addition to serving as Chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music, Higgs performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

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David Higgs, organ

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Christ United Methodist Church

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Program

  • In dir ist Freude BWV 615 J.S. Bach 1685-1750
  • Straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn Gottfried August Homilius 1714-1785
  • Jesu, meine Zuversicht Gottfried August Homilius 1714-1785
  • Nun ruhen alle W√§lder Jacques van Oortmerssen 1950-2015
  • There is a Happy Land George Shearing 1919-2011
  • I Love Thee, my Lord George Shearing 1919-2011
  • Sonate I, Op. 65 Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847

    Allegro moderato e serioso
    Adagio
    Andante recitativo
    Allegro assai vivace

         (based on the chorale “Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit“)

Intermission

  • Toccata in F Major, BuxWV 156 Dieterich Buxtehude 1637-1707
  • Variations on 'Mein junges Leben hat ein End' Jan Pieterzsoon Sweelinck 1562-1621
  • Fantasia in G Minor BWV 542:i J.S. Bach 1685-1750
  • In Quiet Mood Florence Price 1887-1953
  • Tuba Tune in D Craig Seller Lang 1891-1971

In dir ist Freude (Bach)

In you is gladness amid all sadness,
Jesus, sunshine of my heart.
By you are given the gifts of heaven,
you the true Redeemer are.
Our souls are waking, our bonds are breaking;
who trusts you surely has built securely
and stands forever. Alleluia!
Our hearts are pining to see your shining,
dying or living to you are clinging
now and forever. Alleluia!

Straf mich nicht (Homilius)
Not in anger, mighty God,
Not in anger smite us;
We must perish if Thy rod
Justly should requite us.
We are nought,
Sin hath brought,
Lord, thy wrath upon us,
Yet have mercy on us!

 

Jesu, meine Zuversicht (Homilius)
Jesus Christ, my sure Defence
And my Saviour, ever liveth;
Knowing this, my confidence
Rests upon the hope it giveth,
Though the night of death be fraught
Still with many an anxious thought.

 

Nun ruhen all Wälder (van Oortmerssen)
Now all the woods are sleeping,
And night and stillness creeping
O'er city, man, and beast;
But thou, my heart, awake thee,
To pray'r awhile betake thee,
And praise thy Maker ere thou rest.
(trans. Catherine Winkworth)

 

There is a happy land (Shearing)
There is a happy land
Far, far away,
Where saints in glory stand,
Bright, bright as day.
O how they sweetly sing:
Worthy is our Saviour-King!
Loud let his praises ring,
Praise, praise for aye.

 

I love thee, my Lord (Shearing)
I love Thee, I love Thee, I love Thee, my Lord;
I love Thee, my Savior, I love Thee, my God.
I love Thee, I love Thee, and that Thou dost know;
But how much I love Thee my actions will show.

 

Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit (Mendelssohn)
1. What my God wants , may it always happen,
his will is what is best.
He is ready to help those
who believe firmly in him
He helps us in our poverty , the holy God,
and punishes us in moderation
Who places his trust in God and builds firmly on him,
he will not abandon.
2. God is my comfort, my confidence,
my hope and my life.
What my God wants to happen to me
I do not want to strive against.
His word is true, for all my hair
he himself has counted
He guards and watches and has taken good care
that we should lack nothing.
3. Now must I, a sinner from this world,
go hence in God’s will
to my God:when it pleases him,
I want to hold still with him.
I entrust my poor soul to God
in my last hours.
You holy God have overcome
for me sin, hell and death
4. Just one thing, Lord, I want to ask you,:
you will not deny it to me:
when the evil spirit tempts me,
let me not despair.
Help, guide and protect, ah God, my Lord,
to the honour of your name.
Who desires this will have his wish granted;
for this reason I say joyfully: Amen

Program subject to change at the discretion of the artist(s).


The events with David Higgs and the 40th anniversary celebration of the Fisk Op. 82 are presented in partnership with Christ United Methodist Church.  The Friday evening concert is made possible in part by Randy Ferguson and the organ masterclass presented on the Fisk with David Higgs is made possible by the Piedmont NC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

 

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