The Second Saturday Series concert at the Glendale City Church on November 9 at 5 PM will feature organist-in-residence Kemp Smeal. The concert will include works by Buxtehude, Bach, Hailstork, Elmore and Vierne. A free-will donation will be received at the door. A reception follows the concert allowing time to meet the artist.
Kemp L. Smeal, is currently the organist and pianist in residence for the La Cañada Presbyterian Church and Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has performed extensively in the Los Angeles area including: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, The Crystal Cathedral, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Temple BatYahm, Stephen S. Wise Temple, and Glendale Presbyterian Church. He has performed in other U.S. cities and Europe and is a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College Princeton, NJ. Never a person to limit the range of his skills and interests, Kemp earned a degree in Clinical Psychology at AzusaPacific University, Azusa, and is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Long Beach, CA.
This luxuriously appointed pipe organ feature both an Orchestral Division and a String Ensemble in addition to the more standard Great, Swell, Choir, Solo and Pedal divisions. In response to the extremely challenging acoustics of the room, the organ has been equipped with a Lexicon reverberation system. Subtle application of this effect lends both warmth and added realism to the instrument.
The geometric array of exposed pipework provides a visual focal point for the front wall of the church. The pipes are placed upon windchests which are decorated with etailing that repeats architectural motifs found on the four-manual console and elsewhere in the room.
In accordance with the best principles of stewardship, a few of the best ranks of pipes from the previous instrument were incorporated in the new organ. Expert tonal finishing permitted the new pipes, existing pipes and digital sounds to combine into colorful and effective combinations at all dynamic levels.
Glendale Seventh Day Adventist Church now has a quality instrument which will inspire worshippers and enhance their music program for generations to come. Organ Resources: 34 pipe ranks, 114 digital ranks.
Presenter / Producer: Second Saturday Series
Music > Classical
Event Phone: 818-244-7241
Glendale City SDA Church
610 E California Ave
Address Line 2
Glendale CA 91206
North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale
Performance Dates: 11/9/2019
Free-will donation received at the door
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