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July 30, 2013

The Tiffin, OH Connection

I am back from a vacation to Canada with my husband. In total, I have traveled 12 days in July. We also had a major plumbing issue which resulted in me not being home much in between trips. I plan to post regularly for the remainder of the summer.


Tiffin, Ohio Location

One of the first people I met at the AGO convention was Joan McConnell. Her name tag indicated that she is from Tiffin, OH. This caught my attention immediately as I was born in Tiffin, OH.  I was surprised to see a Tiffin resident as most have not heard of Tiffin. Joan teaches organ and music theory at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. She brought two of her organ students to the convention.

Next, I met Paul Monachino who is the organist at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, OH. Michael Gartz (my teacher) suggested I seek out Paul at the convention. I am glad that I did. I learned that Paul’s wife (she was not at the convention) was also from Tiffin. Our families lived close by to each other, perhaps on the same block. This during my childhood before my family moved to Michigan. My mom remembered and said that one of Paul’s wife’s siblings babysat me once.

Paul introduced me to Neil Kraft. It turns out that Neil played the electronic organ that is now in my living room many years ago when it was still in the Christian Science Church in Adrian, MI. Amazing!

I am probably more likely to remember the people I met and connected with than the music played at the amazing concerts. Have you made any unexpected connections lately?

February 13, 2012

Organ Recital at Rosary Cathedral

Today, my husband (Ted) and I attended an organ recital at the Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, OH. The organist was Paul Monachino, who is the Director of Music / Organist for the Cathedral. The Cathedral is beautiful with a painted ceiling and intricate architecture. I recommended taking the Virtual Tour.

I was very much looking forward to this concert. Ted took the day off to attend with me. It was his first time to hear a pipe organ live. We arrived early and choose a pew towards in the middle and sat on the right, so that we could see Paul at the organ console.  The organ pipes are not visible.

We both enjoyed the concert. Paul started with Chaconne by Francois Couperin, which I recognized as Michael has provided me with his recordings of this piece. Next was Prelude and Fugue in C Major; BWV 547 by Bach followed by Three Early American Hymn Tunes: Woundrous Love, Simple Gifts, and Amazing Grace. The last piece before intermission was Prelude and Trumpetings (1961) by Myron Roberts.

For the second half of the program, Paul performed Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony No 4. in F Minor. This symphony has 6 movements: Tocatta, Fugue, Dolce, Scherzo, Adagio,  Finale. The Finale definitely sounded like a finale!

One of my goals is to eventually be able to describe the actual music (not just list the titles of pieces) so that others can be inspired to give organ music a chance.