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First Presbyterian Gallatin presents
Keyboard Stylings: A Concert for Piano, Organ and Voice
Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 4 p.m. when First Presbyterian Church proudly presents “Keyboard Stylings,” a concert for organ, piano and voice.
Sheila Pugh and Robert Thurman headline the concert, which will feature solo works from both performers on piano and organ, as well as duets on piano, and on piano and organ. The concert will also feature choral works and congregational hymns accompanied by piano and organ.
“The content of the October program will be of varied format,” Robert said. “There will be classical pieces, traditional hymn arrangements, spiritual arrangements, and maybe a surprise or two!” From secular to sacred, from listening to actively participating, the event promises a little something for everyone.
Sheila Pugh is certainly no stranger to First Presbyterian Gallatin. She provides stellar organ solos and accompaniments during the high seasons of the year and frequently acts as a substitute during Sunday morning services. Sheila owns and operates The Royal Music Guild, a service that places instrumentalists and vocalists in churches all over Middle Tennessee for regular and special services, as well as for other musical events, whether sacred or secular.
Over the course of a 42-year career Robert has served as Music Director for churches in three different denominations, including over 13 years at First Presbyterian Gallatin. For 28 years he has worked at Citizens Bank, headquartered in his hometown of Hartsville, Tennessee, where he serves as senior vice president.
Sheila and Robert have a shared musical history dating back to their overlapping days as fellow students in the Department of Music at Middle Tennessee State University during the 1970s. (Robert is somewhat older!) Additionally, during her studies at University of Tennessee Knoxville, Sheila was a fellow student with Brad Rule, who rebuilt the organ in the sanctuary here at First Presbyterian after the fire in 2004.
The October 16th concert will mark the seventh consecutive mid-year concert offered by First Presbyterian Church since 2010.