Organ music, calligraphy to combine in 'Tone on Tone' concert April 18

  • The virtual "Tone on Tone" concert, mixing organ music and calligraphy, will premiere Sunday, April 18. The program was filmed inside New England Congregational Church in Aurora.

    The virtual "Tone on Tone" concert, mixing organ music and calligraphy, will premiere Sunday, April 18. The program was filmed inside New England Congregational Church in Aurora. Courtesy of New England Congregational Church

 
 
Posted4/9/2021 10:29 PM

On Sunday, April 18, organist Marsha Foxgrover and visual artist Timothy R. Botts will present "Tone On Tone," a free collaborative virtual concert featuring organ works with calligraphy at 3 p.m.

Filmed in the sanctuary of the New England Congregational Church in Aurora, Foxgrover will perform organ works as Botts creates original artworks on the texts on a 4- by 6-foot easel.

 

Included on the program will be Concerto in Bb, Op. 7 No. 3 by Handel; Prelude on "Land of Rest" by Sowerby; "The Red Dragonfly" by Bovet; and "A Spiritual Pair" by Locklair.

Narrating the program will be Jane Holstein, well-known clinician, organist and arranger.

The YouTube concert may be accessed by going to the Fox Valley American Guild of Organists' website, foxvalleyago.org or the chapter's YouTube channel.

Foxgrover is a Fox Valley AGO board member and a well-known recitalist who has presented concerts around the country, including the Mormon Tabernacle. Her CD, "Barber's Adagio and a Concert of Organ Classics," has received wide acclaim. She has taught at several area colleges and also served as artist-in-residence at Aurora University. In 1992, she played the rededication recital of the 1953 Casavant organ of 32 ranks at the New England Church. Previous positions include organist at Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago.

Botts, a nationally recognized visual artist, designed more than 700 books during his tenure at Tyndale House Publishers in Carol Stream. His eight books of calligraphy include "Doorposts," "Messiah," "Proverbs," and "Portraits of the Word." A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, he has taught at Regent College and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Tim mentors young people in the arts through Masterpiece Ministries. More information on his publications is available at www.timbottscalligraphy.com.

In her position at Hope Publishing, Jane Holstein has edited several well-received hymnals and collections of keyboard arrangements. In addition to performing organ concerts, she is director of music ministries at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest.

The presenters and the Fox Valley AGO are grateful to the New England Congregational Church for their generous assistance in hosting this event. Special thanks to the church's technical production team.

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