Mark Baldin and Friends to perform in ‘Sounds from the Sanctuary’ concert

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First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Third St., offers the second in its eclectic “Sounds from the Sanctuary” concert series when it presents Mark Baldin and Friends at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, at the church.

One of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s most visible and popular soloists, Baldin has held the position of principal trumpet since 1984. In addition, he plays principal trumpet with the Wheaton Symphony, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and the Rockford Wind Ensemble, and has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Grant Park Symphony. In 2009, he premiered A Concerto for Trumpet by Illinois composer Mark Lathan with the RSO.

Joining him in concert are his well-known, musically gifted Friends: Tom Asher, trumpet; Becky Asher, French horn; Brian Rogers, trombone; Paul Boyer, tuba; with Gregory Gyllsdorff, organ. Selections will include music by Mahler, Martini, Dupre, and Strauss. The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be received.

Future 2012-2013 Sounds from the Sanctuary concerts include Rockford-born violinist Emily Herdeman, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013; exciting young organist, Michael Hey, Sunday, March 3, 2013; and flautist and piano duo, Jacques Saint-Cyr and Anne Marie Olson, Sunday, April 7, 2013.

First Lutheran, corner of Third and Oak streets, is in the heart of Rockford’s historic Haight Village. A large parking lot sits adjacent to the church. Street parking and nearby public lots are also avaiilable. First Lutheran is handicap accessible.

For more information about the concert series, contact First Lutheran at (815) 962-6691.

Posted Nov. 14, 2012

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