Monday, March 04, 2013

First Baptist Church DC closer on re-opening sanctuary; North Carolina college gives choral recital at service

I did attend the first Sunday Communion service at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC March 3.
There was a guest chorus, the Campbell University Choir, from Buies Creek, NC., directed by Dr. Phillip Morrow, with service held in the Fellowship Hall, without organ (but with piano available).
The choir sung a twenty-minute a cappella program: “Sample Gifts” (by Renee Clausen), “Lord of the Small” (Dan Forrest and Johanna Anderson), “The Battle of Jericho” (Moses Hogan), “Bright Morning Stars” (a Kentucky folk song arranged by Jay Althouse) and “Stayed on Jesus” (Jan Marvyn Youngblood).  The Postlude (with piano) was the movement “The Ground” from the “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo (Norwegian composer, stylistically a bit like Nielsen -- fitting given the Kennedy Center's recent "Nordic Cool" program).
The Church will resume using the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.  But the date that the new organ will be in use is not yet established.  About $180,000 in fund raising remains (well over $1 million raised).
I’ll add another little field report to this posting:  Saturday, I went to the Greenberg model train show at the race track in Upper Marlboro, MD.  I bought an N-scale set which I will use as a prop myself for future film and video (see my main blog yesterday).  The exhibits from several local clubs were simpler, with less scenery, than usual.   

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