One melodic composer you’ll hear on Sunday during the offertory is Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847). Fanny was the older sister of fellow composer Felix Mendelssohn. She is finally starting to get the recognition she deserves as a monumental composer of over 400 pieces, particularly for voice and piano, matching the genius of her more famous brother.
You no longer need to sign up to attend either of our Sunday services in English. Our numbers have stayed comfortably on the low side and well within the OHA guidelines, and we anticipate that will continue throughout the summer. If you are already signed up for one or more Sundays in July and August – no worries, you don’t need to delete yourself from SignUpGenius. The 11:00 am service will continue as it has – in the courtyard most of the time and inside the church during periods of rain, extreme heat and possibly smoke.
In celebration of the 4th of July weekend, enjoy again this clip of St. Michael’s Music Director/Organist Hannah Brewer playing an arrangement of the classic patriotic tunes “O beautiful for spacious skies” and “America,” recorded last year. This coming Sunday, July 4, at the 9:00 am service, we’ll sing the moving Finlandia hymn This is my song for our national holiday, which calls for unity, peace and an appreciation for all nations: “My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine./ But other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are ev’rywhere as blue as mine.”