Summer is winding down, but before we start gushing about our incredible season on the way, we thought we’d share a wrap-up of what’s been an amazing summer of performances for one of our newest artists, organist Rhonda Sider Edgington. In recent weeks, she’s performed three concerts on different incredibly historic organs throughout Germany.
She traveled to the village of Neuenfelde, outside of Hamburg, on July 7, to perform on the Arp Schnitger organ from 1688 in St. Pancratius Church. St. Pancratius Church is the church where Schnitger is buried, so it’s kind of a Mecca for fans of this very famous organ builder. On July 31st, she performed in the village of Niederndodeleben, outside of Magdeburg, on a lovely organ in the St. Peter and Paul Church. Parts of it date back to Heinrich Compenius from 1611, which means this gets to mark its 400th anniversary! Other parts of the organ are from 1750 by Johann Georg Hartmann.
Finally, Edgington performed on August 14th in the tiny, isolated village of Basedow in the region called “Mecklenburg’s Switzerland.” This performance included work on Basedow’s Herbst/Gercke organ from 1683 in an amazing church where the oldest section dates back to 1247.
We’re looking forward to presenting more performances by Edgington and sharing her unique artistry with audiences here in the very near future!