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Spring Concert coming to Central Lutheran

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On March 17 at 3 p.m. the Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present its spring concert at Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St.

The varied program will include Byrl Cinnamon playing Mormon Tabernacle Organist Robert Cundick’s “Recessional;” Floyd Czoski on organ, with Kathleen Czoski, cello, playing a Toccata by Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi; and Mark Haberman performing “Brother James Air,” by American organist/composer Searle Wright. Other featured organists will be Rose Dempsey, Jonas Malone, and brothers Cedric and Ciarnan Bidwell Williams, the latter three being graduates of last year’s Organ Academy.

The second half of the concert will present the Crescendo Community Chorus, conducted by Sharon Rodkey Smith, singing “Canticle to the Spirit” by Eleanor Daley, “A Child Said” by James McCray with oboist David Coons, and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” arranged by Rollo Dilworth.

 The finale will be two movements from John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, the “Sanctus and Benedictus,” and the “Agnus Dei.”  For these movements the Crescendo Choir will be joined by a chorus of adults from area choirs. Accompanist will be Trude Harris.

The concert is free and open to the public though a voluntary, free-will offering will be taken. A reception will follow. For more information, call Janet Ahrend at (509)-624-5627.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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