Chamber Orchestra performs at Union Gospel Mission
March 24, 2010
The Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music John T. Bartsch Jr., played an hour-long concert at the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) on March 14.
Jeremiah Twomey of the UGM said, “Not only was their music professionally done, but it showed a lot of forethought into how we worship the Lord.”
Bartsch values performing for those who are underprivileged and might not otherwise have an opportunity to patronize the arts. This performance, as well as a second free performance later that day at Capital Baptist Church, featured classical orchestral music, such as composed by Vivaldi and Mendelssohn.
Worship songs were also a part of the program, however. Music included such standards as “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” along with newer music such as “This Is Faith,” by local Dave Schmidt. The performance also featured several students’ personal testimonies.
“I feel these concerts are important to Corban students, particularly those in my orchestra,” said Bartsch.
The director explained how the students benefit from sharing their faith with others in the Salem community through music and testimonies: “It brings a sense of fulfillment in sharing with others,” he said.
One who attended the concert praised, “It was just beautiful: I couldn’t believe it! And the young people sharing their testimonies — they were right on.”
By Jenny Hirschfelder, Staff Writer, Office of Marketing & Communications
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