By Darya Shkurlyatyeva, compere of musical meetings, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Vyborg, September 12, 2020
Today we held the 15th meeting as part of our Organ Stories project. During five Saturdays, we had a total of almost 450 people visiting us. We have parents with children, young people, adults, residents of Vyborg and tourists. One lady who lives in Vyborg came to us for the third time! We were very pleased to see Agricola Choir singer Nadezhda Urban in our worship room!
We borrowed the idea of “open doors days” from Finland. In summer, they do a project called Tiekirkko (“Roadside Church”) where they have volunteer guides standing by in churches that appeal to tourists, ready to guide them on a short tour and answer their questions. Another reason we feel good about education is the fact that we have a monument to Lutheran bishop Mikael Agricola, a translator and educator, next to our church.
Today we had Deacon Roman Sukharev help answer the tourists’ questions. We had especially many listeners attending our first two lecture recitals and asking many questions, so Roman was very helpful!!! The congregation’s senior pastor Rev. Vladimir Dorodni is very supportive of the project. After the lecture recitals, the visitors can see a small exhibition about Lutheranism called Pages of History.
Below are the organ pieces performed during our musical meetings:
– Joy to the World, a chorale prelude by Ulrich Leupold
– The Vivace from Concerto grosso in g, ор. 6, #8, by Arcangelo Corelli set for the organ
– Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, a chorale prelude by J. S. Bach (BWV 691)
– The Adagio by Tomaso Albinoni (Remo Giazotto) set for the organ
Two short pieces are performed as an illustration of the instrument’s design: The Echo by R. Courrier and The Pavane by an unknown 13-c. author, as well as a piece of the Toccata in d by J. S. Bach (BWV 565).
As a rule, organ music is played also before the meeting starts. Today it was the Prelude in с (BWV 549) by J. S. Bach.
You are cordially is invited at 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm on Saturdays! The meeting lasts for 30 minutes. Entrance is free. Welcome!