AGO Natl Conv (ChicAGO)/Valparaiso Univ. events, 7/3/06, part 2

So, after Dobson’s renovation in 1996, we have just enough extra weight
without the sizzle, an extra foundation division (Solo), a bit of
revision in organ layout, completion of most of the basic 3-manual
scheme, and a few additions such as the “Chalumeau” (Cromorne), and some
harmonic flรปtes to die for. Final spec from the Dobson site is here:

http://www.dobsonorgan.com/html/instruments/resto_rebuild/valparaiso.html

Now, the opening service…

Christopher Cock’s Valparaiso University Bach Choir is a premier group
by any standard, auditioned from a wider pool than the student body –
see http://www.valpo.edu/bach/bach_choir.html – beginning with Bach’s
memorable little early motet for double choir, “Ich lasse dich nicht, du
segnest mich denn” , a Mendelssohn setting of Psalm 43, and Bach’s
motet, “Lobe den Herren, alle Heiden.” . Hymns were grandly set by
Richard Webster, one being the hymn used for the dedication of the
Letourneau organ in Houston, TX (cover feature of TAO a while back).
Proulx’s commissioned piece, “Works of the Great Spirit”, based on
native American texts, was a moving exploration of the “we are all part
of creation” spirituality… Richard Webster took on the Auden “He Is
the Way” text, another commission for the convention. A rousing
rendition of the Vierne Finale from Symphony I by Martin Jean only
disappointed me in the lighter registrations featured in the middle
sections – I was hoping to hear all those nice “fonds” over some swell
reeds, but a different approach was taken than replicating the specified
registrations, which I can’t say is “wrong”, just that it disappointed
*me* ๐Ÿ™‚ … oh, well, what did the preacher just say about listening
with the intent to one-up your colleagues? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ …

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