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Fine Arts/Concerts at Lord of Life



Lord of Life's Fine Arts/Concert Series has been offering these concerts free of charge since the Fall of 2000, believing that music contributes greatly to the health and vitality of a community. From local musicians to performers of national prominence, the series has featured choirs, ensembles and soloists performing music from the medieval to modern. 


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Fine Arts/Concert Series, 2014-15


Sunday, 28 September, 4:30pm Drew Lang, Marimba
Tuesday, 14 October, 7pm Hymn Festival with Dr Charles Ore
Sunday, 14 December, 7pm Festival Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, 11 January, 7pm Silent Movie with Organ Accompaniment
Sunday, 22 February, 4:30pm High School Music Scholarship Competition Final Rounds
Sunday, 26 April, 4:30pm Stacey Arnold, Classical Guitar
Sunday, 31 May, 4:30pm Nakamura/Shih Harp and Violin Duo
Drew Lang, Marimba
Sunday, 28 September, 4:30pm

Percussionist Drew Lang is an active recitalist and clinician, appearing throughout the United States. He has premiered two concertos by G. Bradley Bodine and recorded David Maslanka’s Concerto for Marimba and Band with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, G. Bradley Bodine’s Namaste: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble and Dan McCarthy’s Concerto for Marimba, Percussion Ensemble and Synthesizers with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble. He has also recorded Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tangowith flutist Helen Blackburn on the Breckenridge Music Festival label. As a percussionist, he performs regularly with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and is the principal mallet player with the Dallas Wind Symphony and percussionist for Casa Mañana Musicals. In addition, he is principal percussionist for the Breckenridge Music Festival in Breckenridge, CO. Lang is on the percussion faculties at Southern Methodist University and Eastfield College.  He is also director of the "Marimba Madness" summer Junior High/High School percussion camp. Click here for the press release.

Hymn Festival with Dr Charles Ore, Organist
Tuesday,14 October, 7pm


In addition to being an accomplished organ recitalist, Dr. Charles Ore composes organ and choral music, and is a leader in the use and development of improvisation in organ playing. He is organist at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Neb. 

A 1958 graduate of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, he was awarded a master of music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Ore was previously Minister of Music at First Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill. and professor of music at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. From 1966 to 2001, Dr. Ore was professor of music and chair of the Music Department at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. He was also the cantor of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1975-2001 and Associate Organist at First-Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, Nebraska from 2001-2006. Dr. Ore has released several recordings of organ and choral music available through Concordia Publishing House and Organ Works. His published music is available from Concordia, Augsburg and MorningStar. 


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Annual Festival Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, 14 December, 7pm


The Annual Festival Service of Lessons and Carols will celebrate the gift of God’s Son through the music of Advent and Christmas performed by Lord of Life’s musicians.



Silent Movie: Harold Lloyd's "Speedy" (1928)
Sunday, 11 January, 7pm


This 1928 silent comedy features Harold Lloyd who, along with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin formed the triumvirate of classic silent film actors. This was Lloyd's last silent film, and follows the adventures of a young man attempting to save the last horse-drawn carriage in New York City. This film's reputation is based not only on its comedy, but also on the contrasts it elucidates between the slow-paced life of the nineteenth century and the fast-paced life in New York City even in 1928. Shot on location, this picture unintentionally reveals many long-gone elements of New York City, including the streetcar system, the "traffic towers" on Fifth Avenue, and a burgeoning skyline. The film will be accompanied by Benjamin Kolodziej on the organ in a manner authentic to the time.

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Sacred Music Scholarship Competition for High School Students in Plano
Sunday, 22 February, 4:30pm

As a way to support young musicians in the community, Lord of Life is sponsoring a sacred music scholarship competition for high school students. In the first round, students will be invited to send a recording of their playing some pieces of their choice. From this recorded round, six semi-finalists will be selected to compete in the final live round which will be open to the public and organized as a formal concert. Three independent judges will hear the performance and will return to announce to the performers and audience the first ($1500), second ($1000), and third ($500) prizes. The six semi-finalists, their instruments, and programme will be announced after the first of the year. For information on the Sacred Music Scholarship Competition for High School Students in Plano, or to apply, visit this link.


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"Music from the Renaissance to the Modern Day"
Stacey Arnold, Classical Guitar
Sunday, 26 April, 4:30pm

Stacy Arnold is recognized for his artistry as a concert soloist, recording artist, and educator whose concerts have been described as "a variety of guitar music, stylistically pleasing in every way" and applauded for his innate musicianship, virtuosity, and beautiful tone. Mr. Arnold has toured throughout the United States at universities, colleges, arts organizations, and classical guitar societies. Mr. Arnold's concerts are characterized by performances that represent the history of the guitar, presenting composers from 16th century Renaissance Spain to the modern day, featuring the sambas, choros, and waltzes of Latin America.

Mr. Arnold serves as Professor of Classical Guitar Studies at Dallas Baptist University and holds a Master of Music degree in performance from Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of Music where he studied under the tutelage of world-renowned performer and teacher Robert Guthrie. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied under the guidance of Dr. William Yelverton. Mr. Arnold has been guided in master class instruction by David Tanenbaum (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Robert Guthrie (Taos, New Mexico).

Stacy Arnold has toured throughout the United States at many prestigious and distinguished venues as The Waxahachie Symphony Association, Cass County Performing Arts Council, Noel Masterworks Concert Series, Fort Worth Guitar Guild, Mu Phi Epsilon Sunday Concert Series, City Arts Festival, Lord of Life Lutheran Church Concert Series, Evangel University Artist Series, Mississippi State University Concert Series, University of Louisiana, and Louisiana College. Stacy Arnold has also been a featured artist in "Arts Now" in Waxahachie Now as a concert artist.

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  • Naoko Nakamura and Michael Shih
    Harp/Violin Duo
    Sunday, 31 May, 4:30pm

    Naoko Nakamura, a native of Kamakura, is an adjunct assistant professor of harp at the Meadows School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the principal harpist of the Dallas Wind Symphony and appears frequently as an Assistant Principal and Substitute Principal with the Dallas Symphony and The Dallas Opera.  Since 1998, she has maintained an active performing and teaching schedule in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  


    She is an active chamber musician, having appeared at the “Cliburn at the Modern” series with composer Sebastian Currier, the Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, and the Chamber Music in the Galleries at the Trammel Crow Collection of Asian Arts. Not only does Ms. Nakamura appear as a member of the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Fort Worth but also with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, and orchestras in Japan and South Americas.  She has been a devoted member of the Texas Winds Music Outreach since 2003. At the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in both Harp and Piano, under the tutelages of the renowned harp pedagogue, Alice Chalifoux, and Lynnelle Edigar-Kordzaia, the founder and director of the American Youth Harp Ensemble, followed by two years at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she received a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance under the direction of Paula Page, principal harpist of the Houston Symphony. She has also spent numerous summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, and participated in music festivals including the Round Top Music Festival and the National Repertoire Orchestra.

    Violinist Michael Shih, concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) since 2001, has performed throughout the United States and his native Taiwan, as well as on tours of Canada, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, China, Japan, and Korea. An United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he was a winner in the Naumburg International Violin Competition and Artists International’s Auditions, which led to his New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1992. He has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Abilene Philharmonic, the New York Youth Symphony, the San Pedro Sula Symphony in Honduras, the Taipei Symphony at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, and with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, Hartford, and New Amsterdam. In 2007, he gave the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Violin Concerto with the FWSO conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and this critically acclaimed performance was released by FWSO Live in recordings titled The Composer’s Voice and Take Six.


    An avid performer of chamber music, he has collaborated with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Sharon Isbin, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Tree, and Charles Wadsworth. From 1992 to 2002, he was first violinist of the Whitman Quartet, formerly graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School and winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music and Catherine Filene Shouse Debut Artists awards. Music festival appearances include Aspen, Bard, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, Kansai Science City (Japan), La Jolla, Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Spoleto USA, Stuttgart (Germany), and Mostly Mozart. He has also appeared at the prestigious Chiehshou Hall Concert at the Office of the President of Taiwan, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music International in Dallas, and Cliburn Foundation’s “Cliburn at the Bass” and “Cliburn at the Modern” series with composers John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Lowell Liebermann, Kevin Puts, Christopher Theofanidis, and Joan Tower.

    Media credits include NPR’s Performance Today, NBC’s Today Show, Japan’s NHK Television, and Taiwan’s Public Television. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. Other teachers include Chiu-Sen Chen, Masao Kawasaki, Shue-Tee Lee, and Margaret Pardee. He was on the violin faculty at the Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance in New York City from 1995 to 2001. Currently, he is a Distinguished Guest Professor of Violin at the Texas Christian University and a 2013 Visiting Professor of Music at the East China Normal University.

    Mr. Shih plays a 1710 Antonio Stradivari violin, generously on loan to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Davis of Fort Worth.


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