SEASON OF MUSIC Father-son duo perform Friday in Advent concert

December 14, 2005

The Walton Music Trust and Riverside Community Church will present the second concert in the 2005 Advent Concert series Dec. 16. The noon concert will be held at the church, at Fourth and State streets in Hood River.

The event will feature Raleigh McVicker on the organ and his son, Michael, playing the trumpet. They will play music predominately based on chorales and hymns of the Advent-Christmas season.

Style periods represented will include both German and French Baroque and 20th century familiar church music, with two exceptions: the Fugue in G Minor by J.S. Bach and the Toccata from Widor’s 5th Symphony.

Raleigh McVicker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis and Clark College in 1953. After teaching choral music in the Astoria and Milwaukie high schools, he resumed his studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Under the guidance of David Craighead, he received his master’s degree in music in 1960.

From 1960 until his retirement in 1987 he was an instructor at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., and director of the Bremerton Symphony Chorale. On a few occasions he directed both the symphony and chorale in concert.

Raleigh still enjoys playing organ recitals and often does so in combination with other performing groups. Most recently, he was elected into the Olympic College Hall of Fame.

Michael McVicker began his study of music as a young child, focusing on both the piano and trumpet. Ultimately the trumpet became dominant under the mentoring of Roy Cummings, at the University of Washington and William Cole at Western Washington University.

Michael, a lighting specialist, is currently involved with the Salvation Army Tabernacle in Portland and Portland Lighting Company. He recently toured Taiwan with the West Coast Salvation Army Band.

Other musical events planned in the Gorge include:

* Dec. 15 – Singing Christmas Tree, 6:30 p.m., Hood River Armory, sponsored by Heights Business Association.

* Dec. 18 – The Gorge Winds in concert, at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, 2 p.m. The musical fare will consist of favorite Christmas carols, and ever-popular sing-alongs. The 50-piece band is the only adult concert band in the Mid-Columbia Gorge.

* Dec. 18 – An evening of Christian music, at Hood River Assembly of God Church, 11th and May streets. 6 p.m. The community is welcome to join in the celebration, led by the church’s adult choir.

* Dec. 19-24 – Gift of Music: Free concert series in the Gorge Room of Dolce Skamania Lodge, Stevenson. Details, (800) 221-7117.

* Dec. 20 – Noon recital at Riverside Community Church, Erik Steighner, saxophonist. The performance will include works by Bach, Debussy, Britten, Bozz, Tower, and others. The performance is free, though donations will be accepted.

* Dec. 23 – Advent Concert Series, Tim Mayer piano, Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State Streets, Hood River; bring your lunch.

* Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve performance at The Dalles Civic Auditorium by the Gorge Jazz Band (ensemble of the Gorge Winds Concert Band) with swing music from the 1940s and ’50s. Details TBA.

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