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Medina church brings in musicians this evening for Christmas concert on 29-rank pipe organ

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 December 2016 at 2:26 pm
Tim Smith

Tim Smith

MEDINA – Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate the Christmas season tonight with a concert featuring a soprano and acclaimed organist.

Tim Smith is returning for the second annual Christmas Concert at Trinity and will play on a 29-rank Holtkamp pipe organ, which was installed in the church last year.

Smith and his company, Chesapeake Organ Service, installed the organ last year after it was moved from Christ Episcopal Cathedral of Cincinnati. That church donated the Holtkamp pipe organ to Trinity in 2014. Chesapeake Organ Service was hired to clean, rewire, and reinstall the organ at Trinity. The organ replaces one from 1925 with eight ranks or eight sets of pipes and two manuals or keyboards. Trinity’s new organ has three keyboards.

Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor

Smith holds degrees in organ performance from Wheaton College, Northwestern University and the The Boston Conservancy. He has performed nationally and his recordings have been rebroadcast on Pipedreams (American Public Media).

Soprano Christina Taylor is a graduate of the Fredonia School of Music. She has performed with professional ensembles in New York City and Washington DC, and is principal soprano at Trinity Memorial Church in Binghamton, NY.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Trinity 1212 West Ave. A diverse program of accessible repertoire will demonstrate the versatility of the church’s 29-rank Holtkamp pipe organ, said Andrew Meier, the church organist.

“Last year’s event was so well received that it already seems like a tradition,” Meier said.

Admission to the concert is free, and is supported by a free will offering.  A reception with the artists will follow in the fellowship hall.

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