Season after Pentecost, 2023
Congratulations to organist Scott Montgomery, who gave a recital in Charleston, West Virginia. A reviewer had this to say about the slow movement of Mendelssohn's Sonata No. 3 in A Major:
For me, this is where the music began. He handled the work like one might prepare a small fish, very gently.
Justice, Rick. "Organ concert series begins with promising performance". Charleston Daily Mail 17 September 2007.
There's nothing fishy about Marilyn Mason's 60 years of service as a Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan.
A Houston music critic has a different fish to fry in his defense of traditional music and liturgy.
Though traditional Christian liturgy and music may seem flattened by the steamroller of "praise and worship" and other contemporary styles of worship, they remain the backbone of historical Christian services. Their roots lie in orders of worship formed at the start of Christianity and, for Western European and American denominations, music as old as the Middle Ages.
Ward, Charles. "A sacred tie that binds. Houston Chronicle 14 September 2007.
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