February 1, 2013
LIMA — It’s a super concert.
That’s why it’s held on Super Bowl Sunday.
It’s the Lima Chapter of the Area Guild of Organists annual concert, in which members select some of their favorite pieces to perform on the Schantz organ and Baldwin Concert grand piano at Market Street Presbyterian Church.
“This concert has almost become a tradition. We really have a following,” said Mary Jane Eichelberger, dean of the Lima chapter.
“Every year Karen Joseph and I do a duet of 'Stars and Stripes,' and we hog-tie our husbands to carry in the flag while we’re playing. It’s just fun. People can clap along or sing, or just enjoy listening,” Eichelberger said.
And along with that concert staple, the members of the guild, representing local organists from a variety of church denominations, will present music representing everything from Bach to contemporary.
“We always get a good variety when we let the members choose what they want to perform. Most of us select something that you don’t have an opportunity to play in church. Perhaps it’s longer than that time allows, or more difficult to play. This really is an opportunity for us to stretch ourselves, and that’s always good,” Eichelberger said.
Guild members also enjoy playing the church’s organ.
“This is just a super organ. One of the best in town. It’s fun to play,” Eichelberger said. Along with a three-tiered keyboard, the organ has trumpets en chamade, which is trumpets not pointing at the ceiling but sticking out from the wall, projecting the sound.
“We each have to practice on that organ and piano because every instrument is different, and the acoustics of each room is different. It’s a fun concert for us as well as the audience,” Eichelberger said.