When you hear the phrase “sounds of summer” your first reaction might be: lawn mowers, buzzing insects, cheers from Dash baseball games, sprinklers, kids’ laughter at the pool.
But, for the seventh year, a group of Winston-Salem musicians is thinking of something else. They are inviting you to come out of the heat and humidity and into the cool interior of the city’s churches and auditoriums for a different kind of sound.
“Sounds of the Summer 2019: Exploring the Tones and Colors of Organs in Winston-Salem” will be June 9-Aug. 19 in churches and Hanes Auditorium at Salem College.
Organizers and musicians Dreama Lovitt, Tim Olsen, Matthew Bacon, Jonathan Williams and Hal Garrison have planned a summer season of pipe organ concerts that demonstrate the strength and beauty of six of the city’s instruments.
Pipe organs produce sound by driving pressurized air (called wind) through the organ pipes selected from a keyboard. Because each pipe produces a single pitch, the pipes are arranged in sets called ranks, each of which has a common timbre and volume. Most organs have multiple ranks of pipes of different timbre, pitch and volume that the player can engage singly or in combination by using controls called stops.
Pipe organs are used in the performance of classical music, sacred music, secular music and popular music. The instrument has a substantial repertoire, which spans more than 500 years.
- The first concert in the series, ”Glorious Grandeur,” will be at 7 p.m. today, June 9, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit St. John Cummins, Mary Lou Kapp Peeples and Raymond Hawkins will play the Skinner Organ.
“To fit its grandness, we will have a program full of some of the greatest pieces of organ repertoire,” Lovitt said. “Sure to be a fantastic concert!”
- Sounds of Summer will present three 30-minute concerts, ”Baroque-Fest IV,” on June 24 on the Bedient organ at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 2690 Fairlawn Drive.
Lovitt described the Bedient organ as a “lovely chamber organ,” and said that there will be accompanying instruments.
The schedule for “Baroque-Fest IV” will be:
- 5 p.m. Regina Pozzi and Timothy Olsen,
- 6 p.m. Susan Bates and Mark Ardrey-Graves,
- 7 p.m. André Lash and Timothy Olsen.
- On July 7 at 7 p.m. Sounds of Summer will present ”A New Creation” at Parkway Presbyterian Church, 1000 Yorkshire Road.
Jonathan Williams, Susan Keck Foster and Don Armitage will play the Casavant organ recently rebuilt by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, Inc., in Mocksville.
“It’s like a brand new organ,” Lovitt said. “With clear, clean tones and crisp colors — well worth hearing.”
- It will be “Christmas in July!” when Henry Tysinger, Susan Orgain and Reid Gilliam will play the Reuter organ at 7 p.m. July 22 at Ardmore Baptist Church, 501 Miller St.
“Th Reuter sports a few new sounds,” Lovitt said. “And we will showcase the instrument with a program of Christmas music. Let it snow … in July!”
- ”Inspired by the Baroque” will be 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Ardmore United Methodist Church, 630 S. Hawthorne Road. Matthew Bacon, Andrew Jacob and Dreama Lovitt will play the Noack organ.
“The instrument, visually and aurally stunning, is inspired by the Baroque but built in the modern age,” Lovitt said. “And so is all of the repertoire planned for this concert.”
- ”The Teacher” concert will be 7 p.m. Aug. 19 in Hanes Auditorium, Elberson Fine Arts Center, Salem College.
Students from UNC School of the Arts and Salem College will play the recently restored Holtkamp organ.
“With its clear tones, this instrument is known to leave no room to hide and it is, therefore, an excellent teacher for correct playing style,” Lovitt said. “We look forward to hearing the next generation of organists showcase this pipe organ.”