Yesterday (Sunday, July 25) was a first for Carl and myself because it was the first Sunday service ever in which we were merely members of the congregation and were able to sit together. It was the 8:00 am music format, and although Carl has been participating as a singer ever since John Alexander was engaged as the pianist, Carl decided to sit in the congregation instead. It had taken us 26 hours to fly home from Europe the day before!
We also heard the happy, yet sad for us, news that Mike and Vicki Gorman will be leaving Hawaii and moving to Texas where Mike has received a new job. With the Honolulu Symphony situation as it is, we have had to say good-bye to many of the musicians who contributed to the LCH music scene, not only the concert series, but our own parish music program.
Mike and Vicki Gorman moved to Hawaii in June 1990 which means that LCH has been blessed by their musical gifts for over twenty years. With Vicki’s talent and vision, the Sunday School music program has reached a new high with many children participating in the F.R.O.G.S. Choir (Families Revering Our God in Song) and Orchestra.
Mike, of course, has played double bass for us in countless Bach cantatas and other special services. And we cannot forget Mitchell Gorman’s dream of having children put on a benefit concert for Heifer International, an annual event which for six years has raised a staggering $30,000. And who can forget Niell Gorman’s dramatic readings at Advent Procession and the Christmas programs?
Carl wrote: I have not enjoyed the same level of musical collaboration with very many people in my life. I think back to very simple pieces of Schütz with the 3 of us, and think how wonderfully we expressed that music. I also remember so many performances with Vicki (Mozart Exsultate, Haydn Lord Nelson, Schumann Frauen Lieben und Leben, and several Schubert Lieber and so many Bach arias and duets (there is nobody like Vicki in Wir eilen), and then all of the Bach continuo with Mike and the Dittersdorf Bass Concerto. How will we survive the next year????
Aloha, Gormans, we will miss you!