Presbyterians feature piano quartet

| May 21, 2015

COSHOCTON – The Presbyterian Church, located at 142 North Fourth Street, Coshocton, will feature a piano quartet prelude on Sunday, May 24, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. A rare form of quartet, this performance will consist of two pianos with two players at each instrument. This type of ensemble became popular in the late 19th century before the advent of recordings as a way to reproduce and study symphonic works. Music lovers could hear major symphonic works in the convenience of a parlor, church, music conservatory, or town hall – any place that had two pianos and four pianists. Many popular works of Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, and Dvorak were transcribed at that time for two pianos and eight hands.

Since the first piano quartet performance at the church in February 2011, the group has played six times and works by a variety of composers have been featured. The prelude for Pentecost will be “Coronation March” by Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), transcribed by Arnoldo Sartorio. The composition is from Meyerbeer’s opera “The Prophet,” and has been often used as processional music for commencement exercises. Pianists Dickie Barrick, Ann Leppla, Mark Wagner, and Caroline Heading will play the church’s Steinway and Baldwin grand pianos.

Pastor Jonathan T. Carlisle will preach on “The E Word” and the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated. Musical leadership will also be provided by the Chancel Choir, assisted by members of the Crusaders Choir and Celebration Singers.

All are welcome to this celebration of Pentecost. The church is located across from the courtsquare and there is ample parking.

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