Friends of Music at Guilford’s 53rd Labor Day Weekend Festival begins, as usual, with a 7:30 concert on Saturday night, September 1, in the Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm. Guest organist James Gerber, DMA, will perform solo selections on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ, including works by Baroque masters Dieterich Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, and Johann Gottfried Walther, as well as the Suite Gothique (1895) by French composer Léon Boëllman and Master Tallis’s Testament (1940) by English composer Herbert Howells. A dessert reception follows.
Dr. Gerber, a life-long church musician, served congregations in his home state of Wisconsin, as well as in Minnesota and Arizona, before becoming Associate Minister of Music at Wayne Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania. His bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance is from the University of Wisconsin, his master’s in Liturgical Music, with an organ emphasis, from St. John’s University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from Arizona State. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys performing, presenting music-related lectures, accompanying choirs and musical theater, and playing the clarinet in a community band.
Festival events are admission-free with donations welcome. Tree Frog Farm is at 158 Kopkind Rd., off Packer Corners Rd. in rural Guilford; follow signs for 9 miles from Rt. 5 by the Guilford Country Store, near Exit 1 off I-91, or, coming from Massachusetts on Rt. 5, follow signs from Keets Brook Rd. in Bernardston for about 5 miles. For further information and a 2018-19 Season Calendar, contact the Friends of Music office at (802) 254-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at www.fomag.org and Facebook.