Westminster Organ Concert Series -- 40th Anniversary Concert
The Westminster Organ Concert Series celebrates forty years of concerts with a special anniversary concert on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 pm. Zephyrus Early Music Vocal Ensemble, directed by Megan Sharp, presents “Lutheran Choral Vespers: The Reformation in the Renaissance,” a program that reconstructs a vespers service from northern Germany in the early seventeenth century. Zephyrus is joined by organist Jonathan Schakel for this program which includes extravagant music for multiple choirs by Michael Praetorius and Hieronymus Praetorius, as well as magnificent organ music by Heinrich Scheidemann and Samuel Scheidt. The concert is free and open to the public and a reception afterwards will include prize drawings and historical artifacts from the first forty years of the concert series.
The Westminster Organ Concert Series was founded in 1980 to share the newly installed all-mechanical baroque-style pipe organ with the community. Built in the style of organs in seventeenth-century northern Europe, the organ was constructed by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia, with 18 stops and over 1100 pipes.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 400 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. Ample parking is available behind the church, and the sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible.