BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Organ music by Bach and Mendelssohn, among other great composers, will fill the historic First Congregational Church of Bennington on Sunday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m.
Organists Charles Olegar and Scott Smedinghoff will be featured in a "Musick and Song at the Old First Church" series event, open to all without charge (free-will donations gratefully accepted).
The April 28 musicale is the second installment in Old First's recently launched community outreach series of free organ and instrumental recitals, along with other special music offerings.
Organist Scott Smedinghoff, Olegar's immediate predecessor at both Old First and First Baptist churches, while currently pursuing doctoral studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., has been maintaining his Bennington ties through regular appearances at Old First as an organist and choral singer.
Musical selections for the ecital include Bach's "Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C" and "Prelude and Fugue in D Major," along with two chorale settings: the F Major "Toccata" of Bach predecessor Dietrich Buxtehude; and Felix Mendelssohn's "Second Organ Sonata."
Donations will be directed toward funding improvements to Old First s 45-year-old pipe organ, along with operational costs of the church's new "Musick and Song" series.
The Old First Church is at 60 Monument Ave. (intersection of Monument Avenue and Vermont Route 9).