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Medina church hosts ‘Bach to Christmas’ concert tonight

Staff Reports Posted 8 December 2017 at 8:02 am

Event will observe 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation

MEDINA – Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. today in observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Tim Smith

The concert features organist Tim Smith and soprano Christina Taylor. The program, “Bach to Christmas,” will feature the music of J.S. Bach.  The church is located at 1212 West Ave.

This will be Smith’s third year performing at Trinity Lutheran, and the second for Taylor.

Tim Smith will play on a 29-rank Holtkamp pipe organ, which was installed in the church in 2015. Smith and his company, Chesapeake Organ Service, installed the organ after it was moved from Christ Episcopal Cathedral of Cincinnati.

Christina Taylor

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.

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

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.

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