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Saturday, December  9th, 7 p.m. holiday concert at First United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, PA. Music for choir and ensemble, conducted by Tim Coles. The program includes Rutter's "Gloria" for which I'll be playing the organ.

Sunday, December 10th, 4 p.m. "Songs with and Without Words"  Central Presbyterian Church, Tarentum, PA. Music for soprano, oboe and organ with trio Winner/Young/Hammer.

Persons 50 and over who live in the Pittsburgh area and are interested in taking a 5 week class on the fascinating, massive musical machine that is the organ should sign up with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UPitt). Registration for the Spring 2018 session has begun! The class will run from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. in the sanctuary at Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside, Pittsburgh PA on Thursdays from Feb 1 to Mar 1.

This Week's Featured Recording

Kommst du nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter
  by J. S. Bach

The title means "Jesus, you came from heaven to earth" which seems like it would be appropriate for Advent, although the cantata from which Bach transcribed his own composition for organ solo was actually performed in mid-August (go figure). I am playing this piece during the concert on Sunday (see above). I'll post something from Saturday's concert listing next week.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

I've been sharing some personal memories of the music I've assembled for the holiday season that you can hear all this month on Pianonoise Radio. All of the recordings date from before our move to Pittsburgh, my cancer, and my job change. I have started to make recordings again, and some of them have begun finding their way to the web; however, it will probably be next year before I add any of them to the holiday program.

We left off right before the Liszt piece, "The Shepherds at the Manger" which is a little thing based on the tune "In Dulci Jubilo." I discovered its existence while reading a forum question posed by a piano teacher who was trying to find some "Christian" music for piano that he could stand, and while the efforts of the various (probably non-Christian) parties involved to find something classical and church-appropriate was fairly amusing, there were some suggestions that bordered on useful--at least this little guy could come in handy at Christmas. However, my efforts to record it were racked by even greater comedy, as you can read here. I think it may be one of my favorite blog posts.

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Now on Pianonoise Radio (on demand):

the 2017 holiday program
over two hours of seasonal music for piano and organ, played by the webmaestro




Maybe there weren't dinosaurs at the first Christmas, but we can fix that....  

the people behind the music:
All I want for Christmas is to have my mentor and roommate completely trash my piano concerto 

A heartwarming anecdote regarding one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire 

 elsewhere in the pianoverse :

Who's telling the story?

the Christmas story you've never heard