Warm music and warm light will ring in the sound of autumn at a special organ concert Oct. 23 at Cumberland United Church.
Courtenay soprano Eve Mark and pianist Dagmar Killian will join Alan Whitmore in presenting beloved autumnal music by Handel, DuParc, Grieg, Mozart and Michael Head.
Mark began her music and dramatic training and career in Edmonton, continuing in Vancouver, and has been teaching voice and piano in the Comox Valley for 15 years. She has performed with June Dupuis Bel Canto Singers, and as guest soloist at many Courtenay venues. Mark currently directs the congregational choir at Cumberland United Church.
Killian, a piano teacher and performer, has returned to B.C. after many years in the Netherlands, where she earned her masters in performance. Dagmar is the organist and choir director at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Courtenay.
She also accompanies Eve and her students and local musical theatre productions.
Featured organist Alan Whitmore is a well-known music teacher, festival adjudicator, and workshop leader. For 10 years he was music and liturgy editor for Wood Lake Books, Inc.
In recent years he has held significant church music ministry positions in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario; New Bern, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. He is now Minister of Music at Knox United Church in Parksville.
The concert will also be a wonderful opportunity to hear the sounds of the church’s beautiful Alfred Hunter Organ, which was brought to Vancouver Island in 1878.
The concert will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation.
— Cumberland United Church