First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene OR
  • Date :

    Friday, November 21, 2014
  • Time :

    7 PM
  • Price :

    Free - Goodwill Donation

Eugene Chapter members join with the members of the Eugene Astronomical Society in presenting a multi-media (pipe organ and video presentation) of our solar system.

As members of the audience enter Eugene’s First United Methodist Church on the evening of November 21, they will hear a variety of electronic sounds adapted from outer space signals and see stellar visuals of the solar system and interstellar and extragalactic space.

And then the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Eugene Astronomical Society, and the Church’s Concerts at First series will join forces to present Organ-izing the Cosmos, an evening of organ music inspired by the beauty of the spheres.

Eugene astronomer and professor Bernard Bopp will be the narrator while AGO musicians perform on the Church’s Hochhalter pipe organ. The evening will include visuals of the planet Mars as First Congregational Church organist, Dr. Barbara Baird, performs Mars Aeliptica by Rafael Ferreyra.

Visuals of Jupiter and Saturn and  their moons and rings will accompany Craig Hanson, organist of First United Methodist Church, Corvallis, as he performs Saturn by Brent Lorentzen. The audience will view a variety of other planets as Dan Rinnan, organist of Central Presbyterian Church, performs Neptune, adapted from The Planets by Gustav Holst.

The visuals for Gloria Hodges’ Hymn to the Moon by Richard Purvis will include the moon and eclipses. And there will be land-sat and other images of earth when First United Methodist Church’s Director of Music, Dr. Julia Brown, performs Earth, Organ Interlude from Missa Gaia by James Scott.

Before the organists and astronomer Bopp take their final bows, there will be even more music inspired by the Vault of Heaven, the Sun, the Northern Lights, stars, nebulae and constellations.

The public is welcome to this concert at 7 pm on Friday, November 21, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street in Eugene.

Suggested donation for the evening is $10. All are encouraged to bring canned goods for Food for Lane County.
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