First Lutheran to hold 160th Anniversary Concert Feb. 9

Online Staff Report

First Lutheran Church will hold a 160th Anniversary Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, at the church, 225 S. Third St., Rockford.

The concert will be presented by Gregory Gyllsdorff, FAGO, AAGO, CAGO, CHM, MFA, who serves as the minister of music at First Lutheran and serves in a shared ministry as the organist at Grace Lutheran Church. He also is the accompanist for the Bach Chamber Choir of Rockford, the music director for the Rockford Harmony Singing Society Men’s Choir, and the organist for the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

The free concert features First Lutheran’s 92-rank, 4-manual double organ with dual consoles and will include pieces by Aaron David Miller, Michael McCabe, Paul Manz, J.S. Bach and more. A reception will follow.

Located in the heart of historic Haight Village, distinguishable by its distinctive twin spires, First Lutheran has, throughout its 160-year history, utilized its facilities, gifted personnel and church members to serve the community through music.

Spanning the years from its active Choir School days to the refurbishing of its massive organ, to again opening its doors to what is now known as The Music Academy of Rockford, the ministry heart of First Lutheran carries on its traditions of fine worship and hymnody, both from the early church as well as through new composers, new liturgies and global music.

Gyllsdorff received his bachelor and master of fine arts degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. As the recipient of the Waldron Scholarship Award, he furthered his studies in organ, harmony, solfège and analysis at the Conservatoire de Musique in Fontainebleau, France. While there, he gave recitals at the Eglise de St. Louis, the American Cathedral, the Palais de Fontainebleau and the Danish Church. He pursued his doctoral studies in organ and church music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

For more about First Lutheran’s Anniversary Concert, contact the church office at (815) 962-6691.

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

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