Feast Day Concert for Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Las Vegas, NM

September 15, 2017, is the Feast Day of the patron saint of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas, NM. This feast honors Mary, the mother of Jesus, or Nuestra Senora de los Dolores. The name refers to seven sorrowful events in the life of Mary, which are traditional Catholic devotion as well as frequent subjects in works of art.

Albuquerque AGO Chapter member Maxine Thévenot will present a special concert on the church’s 1885 Kilgen organ to help celebrate this Feast Day. The church will also have a Funcion, which is a day of fun for all church members with games and a meal, ending the day with a special vespers mass.

The concert begins at 7:00 pm, featuring Maxine at the organ along with Donna Bacon, violin, and Claire Onuf, ‘cello, also know as The Maia Trio.

Photo by Happy Folk Photography

Repertoire for the concert will be selected from the following:

Trio works

Entrance of the Queen of Sheba G. F. Handel
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring J. S. Bach
Ave Maria Franz Schubert
Air J. S. Bach
Canon in D Johann Pachelbel
Largo from Winter Antonio Vivaldi
Air from Water Music G. F. Handel
Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate W. A. Mozart
Wachet auf J. S. Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze J. S. Bach
Ode to Joy Ludwig van Beethoven
Arioso J. S. Bach
Meditation from Thaïs Jules Massenet
Ave Maria Bach-Gounod
Panis Angelicus César Franck

Organ Solo works

Diferencias de la cabellero Antonio de Cabezón
Prière à Notre Dame from Suite Gothique Léon Boëllmann
Three Short Pieces Gerald Bales
Semplice Simple Gifts
Idyll Fairest Lord Jesus
Dance Lord of the Dance
Humoresque (L’Organo Primitivo) Pietro Yon
Mariales, Five Pieces for organ Naji Hakim
Serenade for Organ opus 22 Derek Bourgeois
Pièce d’orgue BWV 572 J. S. Bach
Musica Badia Fred Frahm (organ fantasy on the ‘Ave Maria’ chant)

Midway through the program, Steuart Goodwin of the Organ Historical Society will present a certificate to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church recognizing the Kilgen as a National Heritage Pipe Organ, designating it:

an organ of historical significance as a rare, early example of the organ builder’s work
and the oldest extant, unaltered pipe organ in the state of New Mexico.

“I don’t know of any other Historic Organ Awards given to organs in New Mexico,” Goodwin said. “The committee evaluates the applications as they come in. Many are not judged worthy of the award. Some years there are no awards and some years there may be several.”

“The Kilgen in your church was just what we look for,” Goodwin continued, “an organ of high quality in original condition with some particular historical interest. The Organ Historical Society only considers historic organs in the United States for these awards.”





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