Concert Series

 

Concerts at

First PResbyterian Saginaw

Our Mission

The Concerts at First Presbyterian Saginaw (CFPS) series is an ongoing project through our music ministry with the primary goal of promoting the relevance of organ music and church musicians, and the secondary goal of expanding the diversity of music and artists that take part in the series beyond traditional organ concerts. 

The concert series was originally established at the time of the dedication of our magnificent Casavant Frères pipe organ, Opus. 3660, in 1989. It has featured hundreds of concerts over the years by artists of local, regional, national, and international stature. To date, First Presbyterian Saginaw has hosted nearly 250 concerts since 1989.

concert inquiries:

Collin Whitfield, Director of Music Ministries

collin.whitfield@gmail.com

(248) 310 – 5655

Listen to our Concerts

Here is a sample recital presented by Director of Music Ministries, Collin Whitfield, and soprano, Erin Whitfield. The recital took place on March 23, 2019 and was the 244th concert of the series. Titled “Gershwin & Guests”, the program explored some of the greatest music of the American Songbook, including hits by George and his brother Ira, music of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and others. The concert concluded with a performance of Rhapsody in Blue.

View Other Concerts on YouTube

Our Instruments & Sanctuary

Our church has been blessed through the years with the finest quality of instruments. Our magnificent Casavant Frères pipe organ, Opus. 3660, dates from 1988 and contains 70 ranks and 3,865 pipes. We are also blessed with two Steinway grands that have been completely restored. The Steinway model A dates from 1917, and the Steinway model D (9′ concert grand) dates from 1928. Finally, we also have a Zuckerman “Flemish” harpsichord from 1974. Our beautiful historic sanctuary accommodates a variety of acoustic needs. The marble floor altar can be completely cleared for setting concert stages. Seating capacity is approximately 600 people.

Casavant Frères, Opus 3660 (1988) specs 

Grand Orgue

  • 16′ Bourdon (metal)
  • 8′ Montre (metal)
  • 8′ Flûte Harmonique (metal)
  • 8′ Flûte à Cheminée (metal)
  • 4′ Prestant (metal)
  • 2′ Doublette (metal)
  • 5 rank Cornet V – C3 (metal)
  • 5 rank Fourniture V (metal)
  • 8′ Trompette (metal)
  • 8′ Cor Anglais (digital)
  • 8′ Trompette en Chamade (Positif)
  • 8′ Chimes (digital)

Récit

  • 8′ Principal (metal)
  • 8′ Flute Majeure (metal)
  • 8′ Viole de Gambe (metal)
  • 8′ Voix céleste – G1 (metal)
  • 4′ Octave (metal)
  • 4′ Flûte à Fuseau (metal)
  • 2 2/3′ Nazard (metal)
  • 2′ Quarte de Nazard (metal)
  • 1 3/5′ Tierce (metal)
  • 5 rank Plein jeu V (metal)
  • 16′ Basson (metal)
  • 8′ Trompette (metal)
  • 8′ Hautbois (metal)
  • 4′ Clarion (metal)
  • 4′ Harp (digital)
  • Zimbelstern (10 bells)
  • Tremblant

Positif expressif

  • 16′ Bourdon doux (12 wood)
  • 8′ Bourdon (metal)
  • 8′ Salicional (metal)
  • 8′ Flutes celestes – II ranks (metal)
  • 4′ Prestant (metal)
  • 4′ Flûte à Cheminée (metal)
  • 2′ Principal italien (metal)
  • 1 1/3′ Larigot (metal)
  • 2 rank Sesquialtera II (metal)
  • 4 rank Cymbale IV (metal)
  • 8′ Cromorne (metal)
  • 8′ Trompette en Chamade (metal)
  • 8′ Tuba (digital)
  • Tremblant

Echo

(pipework was retained from 1930 Moller organ and reworked by Casavant)

  • 8′ Doppel Flute (wood)
  • 8′ Flute (digital)
  • 8′ Diapason (digital)
  • 4′ Principal (metal)
  • 2′ Super Octave (digital)
  • 8′ Oboe (metal)
  • 8′ Clarinet (metal)
  • 8′ French Horn (metal)
  • 8′ Vox humana (metal)
  • 8′ Vox angelica, II ranks (metal)
  • Tremblant

Pedale

  • 32′ Soubasse (digital) 
  • 32′ Contre Bourdon (digital)
  • 16′ Montre (metal)
  • 16′ Soubasse (wood)
  • 16′ Bourdon (Grand Orgue)
  • 16′ Bourdon doux (Positif)
  • 8′ Octave basse (metal)
  • 8′ Bourdon (Grand Orgue)
  • 8′ Bourdon doux (Positif)
  • Mixture IV (metal)
  • 4′ Octave (metal)
  • 4′ Bourdon (Grand Orgue)
  • 32′ Contre Bombarde (metal)
  • 16′ Bombarde (metal)
  • 16′ Basson (Récit)
  • 8′ Trompette (metal)
  • 8′ Trompette en Chamade (Positif)
  • 4′ Clarion (metal)
  • 4′ Chalumeau (metal)

General Specifications

  • Sixty-two independent stops
  • 3,865 pipes
  • 70 ranks
  • Three manuals and pedal
  • Manual compass: CC to C4 (61 keys)
  • Pedal compass: CCC to G (32 keys)
  • Electro-pneumatic key action
  • Detached moveable console
  • MusicCom solid state system
  • Ninety-nine levels of memory