April 2021

Opus 47, completed November 2020 From the builder Countryside Community Church is the Christian participant in the new “Tri-Faith Initiative,” a campus that includes the church, a mosque, and a synagogue. Congregations from the three…
Editor’s note: the information in this article was delivered as a lecture for the Ernest M. Skinner Sesquicentennial Conference on April 25, 2016, in Evanston, Illinois. The conference was sponsored by the Chicago, North Shore, and Fox…
Photo caption: John C. Hughes conducts at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Many church choirs perform with organ accompaniment; however, they typically rehearse with a different instrument (piano) in a different…
Photo caption: The amphitheater at Epidaurus (photo credit: Carole Raddato, used through the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license) A break in the action Last night, my wife Wendy and I watched the American Masters…
Random Last month, as I was finishing up the column recounting my youthful discovery of the playing of Alfred Brendel and discussing some of the effects of that discovery on my life and work, it occurred to me that my affinity for Brendel…
James Sands “Jock” Darling, Jr. James Sands “Jock” Darling, Jr., organist, choirmaster, and music director, died January 26, 2021, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Born May 29, 1929, in Hampton, Virginia, he attended Christchurch School,…