World-Class Musicians to play at Elim Lutheran Church
Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale is preparing for a special concert in November. Concert organist Stephen Hamilton and world-class Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus will present a free concert of music for “Organ and Trumpet” on Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m.
A Majestic Organ
The sound of the organ at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale is majestic. Members might hear the music during worship services every Sunday, but they don’t take it for granted.
“We are a traditional church with a traditional, liturgical service. The organ is an integral part of the experience,” says Harald Eriksen, a member of the church.
The organ is over 50 years old. Technicians service the instrument twice a year so the music doesn’t change with the Minnesota seasons.
A Unique Concert
The public is invited to a special concert featuring the music of organist Stephen Hamilton and world-class trumpeter Charles Lazarus.
“I think it’s important to ingratiate everybody,” says Hamilton. He stopped by Elim Lutheran Church on Tuesday to practice and get familiar with the organ. “I will play as well here as in Notre Dame or St. Paul Cathedral. It’s no less important than this concert.”
Hamilton is Minister of Music Emeritus at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City and has performed organ concerts throughout the United States as well as in such venues as Notre Dame, Paris; Westminster Abby and Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. He lives in Eden Prairie.
“The organ and trumpet and have a natural affinity for each other,” says Hamilton.
Trumpeter Charles (Chuck) Lazarus is a multi-faceted performer and composer whose career has included tenures with Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
“We’re playing Baroque because it will work well with this acoustic,” says Hamilton.
If you go…
The concert will be on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale. Admission is free, but donations are accepted too. For more information, visit the church’s website.