Robert Stadge Memorial Concert

04.05.17 | Music, News | by Dr. Stanley Wicks Director of Church Music

    The Third Annual Robert Stadge Memorial Concert, as part of the Music Series 2017, will be held on Sunday, May 7 at 7 PM in the Sanctuary. This year’s concert will feature Rev. Canon Michael Kaehr, Cantor, The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Stanley M. Wicks, Director of Worship Music and the Arts, and Stephen Price, Associate Director and Organist in a two-part program: Choral Evensong and Organ Recital. We will also have a special guest appearance by Todd Rewoldt, Professor of Music at San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance, on the saxophone.

    Choral Evensong is a traditional service that began in the Anglican Church, modeled after the medieval Office of Vespers, a daily service at the time of the setting of the sun. Evensong is sung by a cantor and choir, with all others who gather “praying and proclaiming the story of Redemption” as active listeners. The choir will sing music by Charles Stanford, Herbert Howells, Michael Walsh and Ola Gjeilo. Stephen Price’s organ concert will feature works by Bruhns, Böhm, Cocker, Hampton, Vierne and Sonata I (pour saxophone alto et orgue) by Canadian composer, Denis Bédard.

    Robert E. Stadge (1924-2011) was born in Sumner, Illinois and graduated from McKendree College, a United Methodist University in Lebanon, Illinois. After moving to Denver, he embarked on a twenty-six-year-long career as a traveling sales representative throughout the Southwest. Finally settling in San Diego, he started a second career as a neighborhood florist in Mission Hills. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and supporter of the many music and theater productions in our community. His great love of music, particularly from the Chancel Choir and Vocal Quartet, led him to generously remember the First Church Music Ministry. It is to his memory and that love that we dedicate an annual concert.

    This concert is sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee of First United Methodist Church. A free-will offering will be taken. Childcare is available by RSVP to the church office: 619-297-4366.