Ending up this tour at Church of the Advent in Spartanburg South Carolina on Friday the 14th. Be there or be square. We will keep you posted as we progress. Continuing with our tour of The International Year of the Organ Tour, here we are at the Church of the Advent. Dr. Brennen Szafron, the organist and choir master determined to show us “Southern Hospitality,” and he did. A person could get used to that. We had a wonderful concert and time in Spartanburg, met some really wonderful people, and had more wonderful food than we really needed. We stayed at the Inn on Main in Spartanburg. The Inn is quite elegant and wonderful. Can you believe a Steinway in the parlor? Susan and Wayne Sease, the innkeepers, are very welcoming and, again, great cooks. I learned that Grits are way better than I thought. Well let’s talk about the From Sea to Shining Sea “experience.” I call it an experience because not only does it have really interesting and creative visuals, that’s me, but the organist , that’s Jeannine, is extraordinaire. Okay, that part of it is the concert part. But I explained that at normal concerts their aren’t drawings; for our DVD, Laughter; some of the vignettes , inclusion of local history; each venue, and being a part of the whole experience. In effect helping extend the history of the organ in the United States.
The Organ is a 1989 Flentrop. It had around 30 ranks with a flat pedal board and stops that need to be pulled out full length to open the stop. The sounds were very distinct and the fun part with a tracker organ, of course, are the ambient sounds of the trackers and pedals accompanying the music. Playing the Paulus, Blithely Breezing Along, was a team effort. The music moves so fast that Jeannine needed Brennen to pull the stops. They did extremely well if I do say so myself. The Flentrop is in a beautiful case and compliments the sancturary wonderfully. Here are some wonderful testimonies of the From Sea to Shining Sea concert in Spartanburg.
I was in attendance and the presentation was superb. It was such a pleasure to watch your technique. What a super idea to have a
camera to show you at the console. I did not get a chance to meet you personally, because of the weather.… Thank you for bringing such an fine
program to our community. To let you know who I am, I offered the invocation. Thanks again and God bless.
Chaplain Spartanburg AGO