Upcoming musical performances

December 10, 2017:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Eighth Annual Advent Organ Recital at the Mount Angel Abbey Church.  Music by Bach, Bruhns, Buxtehude, Nancy Nickel, and Wicks himself, including collaboration with the soprano Aimee Larsen Amend, trumpeter Brett Randolph, and cellist Tommy Leinonen.  One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore.  Freewill offering.

January 5, 2018:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Ensemble Aalto (Aage Nielsen, doucaine (medieval double reed) and English horn;  Christopher Wicks, organ and piano) plays music ancient and modern, including compositions by Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Obrecht, HRM Henry VIII of England, and Wicks.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

February 3 and February 10, 2018:  Saturdays at 2 PM.  Premiere of Wicks’ half-hour opera “Love Is Strong As Death,” op. 641, for three singers (Aimee Amend, Alison Seeber, and Bennett Bailey) and piano (Debra Huddleston), on an original libretto.  To be preceded by a performance of two of Wicks’ violin sonatas, played by Stephanie Barth.  At the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore.  Freewill offering.

March 2, 2018:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Marjory Lange, violinist and violist, collaborating with Wicks as pianist and composer.  Music by Mozart and Wicks, as well as the violin sonata of Swedish Romanticist Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.