Old Salem to Celebrate Salem Composer Francis Florentine Hagen with a Special Concert
Free Afternoon Concert to be Held on October 17
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 29, 2015) – Old Salem Museums & Gardens will present a concert on Saturday,October 17at 3 p.m. in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Francis Florentine Hagen. This concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem.
Hagen was born on October 30, 1815, grew up in Salem, and attended the Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is best known as the composer of “Morning Star,” a favorite Moravian Christmas hymn.As a pastor Hagan served Moravian congregations in North Carolina, Iowa, New York, and Pennsylvania, where he retired. He died in Lititz, Pennsylvania, on July 7, 1907.
Reverend Dr. Nola Reed Knouse, Director of the Moravian Music Foundation, will provide a pre-concert talk about Hagen entitled “The Man Who Wrote ‘Morning Star’.”The concert will explore the range of Hagen’s compositions and include works for organ and piano, performed by Scott Carpenter and Susan Foster,as well as choral works performed by The Moramus Chorale, directed by Drake Flynt and accompanied by Mary Louis Kapp Peoples. The audience will be invited to join in singing “Morning Star.”
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit oldsalem.org or call 336-779-6146
About Old Salem’s Tannenberg Organ
The historical importance of the magnificent organ David Tannenberg completed in 1800 for Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was recognized at the time of its dismantling in 1910, and it was not destroyed but remained in storage in various locations for eighty-eight years. Tannenberg built about 40 organs during a career that began in 1758 and ended with his death in 1804. Unfortunately, only nine organs survive, and many of these have been significantly modified from their original design. The organ built for Home Moravian Church, the largest extant example of Tannenberg’s work, is the only surviving two-manual Tannenberg, and is largely intact. With meticulous care and understanding, the organ was restored to its original state by Taylor &BoodyOrganbuilders of Staunton, Virginia. The restoration process took place from 1998-2004. Musically and visually it stands in Old Salem as a tribute to the talent and craftsmanship of a master organ builder and his remarkable musical achievement in the North Carolina Backcountry.
About Old Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.