Wesley Church To Present Composer Bowers

November 28, 2015

On Sunday, December 6th, Wesley Methodist Church will present a recital by American organist and composer Chaz Bower, with proceeds from the event to benefit Wesley’s Organ Fund and the Food Hamper programme.

Tickets for the event, which will get underway at 4.00pm, cost $30 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $50 for patrons, are available from The Music Box, Bermuda Bookstore, and the Wesley Church office on 292-0418.

A spokesperson said, “One of the joys of the festive season is the opportunity to enjoy Advent and Christmas music in various forms – everything from choral to orchestral, ensemble, and solo performances.

“This is Mr. Bowers’ first appearance in Bermuda, and In keeping with the Advent and Christmas season, he has chosen an inspiring programme of works by Bach, Balbastre, Guilimant and others, as well as his own compositions. There will also be some festive audience participation.

“Born in 1988, the organist-composer has a special interest in sacred music, in which he holds a Master’s degree from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. Currently director of music and organist at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Mr. Bowers also teaches organ improvisation and organ at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

“His extensive career includes former appointments as an assistant cathedral organist; director of music ministry and organist; organist and choirmaster; choir organist; and organist at various churches in Pennsylvania.

“As an accomplished composer, Mr. Bowers has written many sacred works scored for various vocal and instrumental combinations. These include a communion antiphon, and the commissioned Mass of Immaculate Conception and Pièce du Festival.

“Mr. Bowers serves on the executive board of the American Guild of Organists [Westmorland, Pennsylvania chapter], and is also a member of the Church Music Association of America, and the National Pastoral Musicians.”

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