During intermission, you … Facebook?!

Organist Christopher Houlihan opened the OHS 2015 Convention.

Organist Christopher Houlihan opened the OHS 2015 Convention.

The OHS program book.

The OHS program book.

Tonight was the gala opening concert of the Organ Historical Society convention at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield, MA, and the featured performer was Christopher Houlihan, who played for the American Guild of Organists Hawaii chapter a few years ago. He opened with a hymn, Lobe den Herrn (Praise to the Lord), and apparently the OHS requests that each performer include a congregational hymn in his/her program.

Then he played three preludes and fugues by Brahms, Henry Martin (b. 1950) and J. S. Bach (Prelude and Fugue in E minor). In between, he also played “Happy Birthday” to American Public Radio host, Michael Barone, who was sitting only a few rows in front of me. I thought the Bach was especially dazzling, and the fugue (the “Wedge”) just sizzled!

It was intermission, and I thought I would do a Facebook check-in.

My Facebook check-in.

My Facebook check-in.

Within TWO SECONDS, I got a “Like” from Christopher who must have checked his phone at intermission, and this comment:

Christopher Houlihan's comment to my check-in.

Christopher Houlihan’s comment to my check-in.

I was so surprised, and so thrilled! I never knew a performer would check his Facebook page during intermission! Christopher then masterfully played the Fourth Symphonie by Louis Vierne on the second half.

This morning, I took one of the optional tours to two museums. The first was to the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, MA where he lived the last 25 years of his life. We saw these famous original paintings.

American Thanksgiving.

American Thanksgiving.

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Plaster casts to the Lincoln Memorial.

Plaster casts to the Lincoln Memorial.

We then went to the Daniel Chester French house and museum — he was the sculptor who designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and at the museum we saw his plaster casts.

Then in the garden, we saw a most unusual art piece which looked like old red hymn books tied to a tree.

I don’t think they were the old Lutheran “Service Book and Hymnal (SBH)” but they could well have been, since they were the same size!

Artwork by Caroline Basenal, "Words and Leaves, 2015"

Artwork by Caroline Basenal, “Words and Leaves, 2015”

Well, I’ve got to get to bed before midnight tonight as tomorrow will be a busy day. We will hear SIX organ recitals tomorrow!

About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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One Response to During intermission, you … Facebook?!

  1. Esha says:

    What an age we live in! Facebook is helping make us into that global village we used to hear about.

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