Robert Tall Demonstrates the Rodgers

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, Robert Tall gave a demonstration of the new Rodgers Organ plus pipes at The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer. About 15 people showed up for the presentation and heard Bob explain about the instrument and demonstrate its potential.

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Kevin Coney
David Haas at Saint Anthony of Padua

On Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church presented its first ever concert featuring a national artist. David Haas who presented a concert to nearly 500 people and conducted a Saturday retreat as part of his “I Will Bring You Home Tour.” Attendees came from across the Las Vegas and nation to hear David perform.

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Bet Knesset BaMidbar Visit

The following event was originally scheduled for Friday evening, January 25th but because of scheduling conflicts and a few broken ribs, has had to be postponed until Friday evening, April 26th.

This past October I had the good fortune to have our chapter’s Dean, Steven Wright substitute for me at First Christian Church. As we discussed music in our sanctuary I learned that Steven was a linguist—a subject near and dear to my heart. As the topic moved to my work with Hebrew transliterations and Jewish liturgies at my temples, Steven thought that our AGO chapter might find an interest in this subject.

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Organ Dedication and BYU Organ Workshop

A newly installed organ at the Las Vegas Meadows LDS Stake Center, RN Ballantyne’s Opus 30 (II 28), provided the setting for a Dedicatory Service on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Meadows Stake President, David Brady welcomed approximately 250 attendees to the dedicatory service featuring various organists and the 50-voice Choral Artists of Southern Nevada, under the direction of Marsha Borovicka, accompanied on the organ by Chad Myler, AGO member.

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Bruce Stevens Presents Varied and Polished Performance

On Friday, November 13, guest organist Bruce Stevens presented a varied program of works by Niels Gade, Max Reger, Hugo Distler, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Johann Gottfried Walther, Johann Ludwig Krebs and Johann Sebastian Bach. His program was developed around the theme “The Leipzig Connection.”

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Campaign to Endow the Maintenance of the Maurine Jackson Smith Organ

A campaign to raise funds for the maintenance of the Maurine Jackson Smith Organ in Doc Rando Hall will commence in January and continue through March, 2019. The organ was designed and fabricated by the Ru-dolf von Beckerath Orgelbau of Hamburg, Germany and was completed on October 1, 2004. This world-class instrument, given to UNLV and for the benefit of the community by the Edward D. Smith family, is a Nevada treasure.

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New Organ Installed at Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

In June 2018, Robert Tall & Associates, Inc., area representatives for Rodgers Organs, supplied a 3-manual Trillium organ for the installation of the incoming Bishop, George Leo Thomas. Father Manuel Quintero, Rector in consultation with his staff decided the instrument should remain there permanently and that windblown pipes would be added in the Fall. Six pipe ranks were installed in early December, which are both visually and tonally attractive .

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Young Organist Presents Stunning Program

Twenty-two year old organist Clara Gerdes wowed an audience of 110 persons in a spectacular program of all-late nineteenth century to present day compositions for the organ. The program was presented on Friday, September 14 at 7:30 P.M. on the 2004 Rudolf von Beckerath Maurine Jackson Smith Memorial Organ in Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall in the Beam Music Center on the UNLV campus.

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POE Scholarship Recital

The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists sponsored five students at Pipe Organ Encounters in Los Angeles and Phoenix this summer. Three of the five students, Celia Langston, Everett Minnick and Ashlyn Henriod presented a recital on the Moller organ, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Las Vegas Stake Center on West Charleston at 6:00 p.m.

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50th Anniversary Celebration

On June 15 members and friends of the chapter gathered in the ballroom of the Blasco Event Wing of the Foundation Building at UNLV for a celebratory program and dinner marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Southern Nevada Chapter.

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Members’ Recital: May 18, 2018

The Members’ Organ Plus Recital was held on Friday, May 18, 2018. The program included a wide variety of styles. Works by Johann Ludwig Krebs, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aaron David Miller, John Karl Hirten, Bernard Wayne Sanders, Uli Roever & Michawl Korb, Craig Courtney, Dino Kartsonakis, and Daniel Pinkham were featured.

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