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August 24, 2016


“Summer Keyboard Concert” This Sunday

Mark Thallander is set to play the 1877 Ricker pipe organ at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield this Sunday.


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield, will welcome back Mark Thallander this Sunday. His friends, Glenda Winkle-Morrow and Kathy Haley, will join him for a spectacular concert playing the one-of-a-kind 1877 Wilson W. Ricker organ, boasting 564 pipes, and Hallet & Davis grand piano. The free concert will take place Sunday, August 28, 6 p.m. A love offering will be received.


Earlier in the day, Mark and Glenda will provide music for the Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10 a.m. Glenda Winkle-Morrow is Professor Emeritus of Music, Central Bible College, Springfield, Mo. and was Mark’s piano professor.


Winkle-Morrow has served as pianist, organist and choir director in churches in Southwest Missouri since the age of 7. In addition to composing and arranging music for piano, organ and choir, she continues to serve in area churches and perform in concerts.


Kathy Haley is a lifelong musician from Auburn, Me. beginning her music career when she was only 13 serving as a church organist, choral accompanist, and pianist for many local musical theater productions. After studying music at the University of Southern Maine she added professional singer to her résumé. She currently serves in Auburn as the organist and choir director for the Court Street Baptist Church and accompanist for the choral music program at Edward Little High School, Auburn.


During the summer of 2003, Mark was involved in a terrible car accident that crushed his left arm leaving him in critical condition. Although he told the doctors he was an organist, they could not save his arm, but they saved his life with transfusions replacing 70 percent of his blood.


Through the use of his right arm and remarkable footwork on the organ’s pedalboard, he achieves great success. In his book, Champions…Plus, Mark credits the prayers of his family and friends for his recovery. “God used the love and prayers of thousands of people to encourage me in a way I never dreamed possible.”


A few months later he returned to the organ realizing that his phenomenal recovery had begun. To read more about Mark and his foundation, consult his website:


Plan on attending the church service at 10 a.m. and concert at 6 p.m. this coming Sunday. Meet Mark, Glenda and Kathy and hear the church organ and piano played like never before!


Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are located at rear of church building at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office, 603 435-7471.






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