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Historic Musical Instrument Is Reborn For Special Detroit Concert
The Sacred Music Legacy of Gordon Young
Celebrated WRCJ Host and Organist David Wagner in collaboration
DETROIT, MI (January 30, 2015) – An historic Detroit pipe organ will breathe new life for the first time in many decades during a special concert presentation titled “The Sacred Musical Legacy of Gordon Young” at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary housed in the First Presbyterian Church of Detroit on March 13 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at, 2930 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201
The event is a musical collaboration between the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) and the MSU Community Music School-Detroit -- two Midtown neighbors on Woodward Avenue in Brush Park. The performance will feature Dr. David Wagner, renowned classical musician and radio host for WRCJ-FM, who will perform on the ETS 3,700 pipe Casavant organ, as well as the MSU New Horizons Concert Band led by director Edward Quick.
The concert program will pay tribute to the legacy of celebrated Detroit organist, choirmaster, composer and music pedagogue Gordon Young, who led activities at the First Presbyterian Church from 1964 to 1979. A widely-recognized composer of sacred music, Gordon was a prolific composer for organ.
Concertgoers will also enjoy an exhibition of paintings by artist Timothy Orikri entitled “A Sacred Space in Music.” On display throughout the 124-year old church and seminary, the works will be available for purchase by the public.
Additionally, this concert is the beginning of our weekend festivities celebrating the arrival of the Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray as the fourth President of Ecumenical Theological Seminary. His inauguration will be the next morning, on Saturday, March 14th at 10:30am in our historic sanctuary.
am thrilled to lead Ecumenical Theological Seminary at this vibrant time of
Detroit's renewal and re-imagination. Ecumenical Theological Seminary
stands committed to the education of justice-minded individuals and communities
in a theological context, believing that the most powerful way to speak toward
the betterment of society is through the language of faith,” said Murray.
Gordon Young was born in McPherson, Kansas in 1919. He was educated at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, as well as the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. As both a superb organist and inspiring choral director, he served churches in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma before becoming the organist/choirmaster for the First Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI. Gordon is renowned for his exceptional contributions to American church music. He died in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, in 1998.
David Wagner is an accomplished concert organist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. As a classical music broadcaster, Dave Wagner has a national reputation and is heard regularly as the morning/afternoon host on WRCJ in Detroit.
“It will be so wonderful to see this instrument come alive again,” said Wagner, “It’s extraordinary that the leadership at Ecumenical Theological Seminary has restored this priceless instrument for public enjoyment.”
The ETS pipe organ was built in 1965 by Casavant Frères, a Canadian company that has built nearly 4,000 organs across the world. Other significant Casavant organs have been installed in institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Auditorium and St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The MSU Community Music School-Detroit provides music classes for babies through seniors and everyone in between. The MSU New Horizons Concert Band is just one of the adult ensemble programs that everyone can join.
Edward Quick is the award-winning, retired Band Director of the Detroit School of Arts, who is now a sought-after educator and conductor. In addition to works by Gordon Young, the band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Alfred Reed, Franco Cesarini, and Sigrid Karg-Elert.
The Ecumenical Theological Seminary was established in 1980 to respond to the need for theological education in the Detroit metropolitan area. ETS has been recognized by its colleagues in theological education as uniquely equipped to prepare individuals to meet the challenges of ministry in urban centers.
The First Presbyterian Church building was leased to Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit in 1992, and the distinct red church became the permanent home of the seminary in 2002.
Tickets for “The Sacred Music of Gordon Young” are priced at $30. Tickets for students of all ages are $15. Proceeds will benefit ETS and its many activities. Tickets are available online visit www.etseminary.edu. For more information call 313. 831-5200 and speak to Ms. Pamela Johnson at extension 209. Special sale of group tickets for our upcoming Sacred Music Concert are available for the Friday, March 13, 7:00 PM concert, at Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS). Free parking is available at ETS, the former First Presbyterian Church of Detroit located at 2930 Woodward, corner of Edmund, in the heart of midtown Detroit.
Student tickets are available for $10 in group sales of 20. All tickets are available for half price ($15/person) in groups of 20. Please contact Pamela Johnson at (313) 831-5200 ext. 209 to place your order for group sales by Thursday, March 12, 2015.
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Story Tyme: Recreating the Magic
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Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Remember that special feeling you had as a child when someone read you a story?
On Saturday evening, ETS Students and volunteers
Children of all ages are invited
There will be chairs, but feel free to bring a cushion
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
For more information contact, Ms. Rhonda Fairley at, 313-831-5200,
extension 208 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Advent Worship Service
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Please join us for a Pot Luck Reception
Community gathering to Worship and
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Fellowship, Song and Gratitude!
Jesus Christ in a Multicultural World
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 am until Noon
Presenter: Dr. Anneliese Sinnott, OP. Ph.D
Course Description: This workshop is designed expand the participants’ theology of
Jesus Christ when that theology is done in light of a multicultural world.
Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Workshop
Course Number 308
The workshop will be held at the
Ecumenical Theological Seminary in the Women's Lounge
2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
For more information, please contact,
Dr. Floyd Davis, SPE Program Director
313.831.5200, extension 228
Dr. Anneliese Sinnott, OP. Ph.D
Director of MA Program, Professor of Systematic Theology
BA Siena Heights College
MM De Paul University
MA University of Detroit
MDiv Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary
Phd Katholieke Universitelt Leuven
Dr. Anneliese Sinnott is Professor of Systematic Theology and is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Master of Arts program in Pastoral Ministry Program. She served as
Anneliese was born and received her early education in Chicago, Illinois. Following her graduation from high school, she became a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, Michigan. Her early years as a Roman Catholic sister were spent teaching elementary school and music. She came to Michigan to attend seminary.