Saturday, November 8, 2003

Progressive recitals show off church organs

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer contributor

Progressive dinners might please the palate, but a progressive organ recital in Westwood on Sunday intends to please the ear.

"We're going to try and show off each organ's capabilities," said Rick Foegler, music director and organist at St. Catharine's Church - one of four neighborhood churches participating in the series of mini-recitals from 2 to 4:20 p.m.

The order is: 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 3628 Boudinot Ave.; 2:40 p.m. at Westwood United Methodist Church, 3460 Epworth Ave.; 3:20 p.m. at St. Catharine's Church, 2848 Fischer Place, and 4 p.m. at Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave.

The recitals will showcase nearly $1 million in organ renovations at the churches, and unite the community through music.

"It's just another way of saying that there is a wonderful history and community involvement among these churches together," said Steve Gorman, event organizer and co-pastor of Westwood First Presbyterian Church. At that church, $450,000 in renovations were made to the organ and chancel in 2002.

In 2001, Grace Lutheran Church spent $45,000 on its organ. Westwood United Methodist spent $225,000. St. Catharine's spent $240,000 to renovate its organ this year.

"We're all investing in our fabric, the way we do things," Foegler said.

The churches are within walking distance of each other. There will be about 20 minutes of organ music with 20 minutes of travel time in between. A reception will follow the last recital at Westwood First Presbyterian's Calvin Hall.

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