Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley, Robert Ludwig will present the Twelfth Annual Stars and Stripes Concert. These hour-long popular concerts feature performances of a varied program of classical and popular music on the church’s Allen organ and Mason and Hamlin grand piano, and always conclude with an inspiring patriotic sing-a-long honoring the various branches of the Armed Forces and the United States.
This year’s concert will include music of Louis Vierne, who served for 37 years as Organist at Notre-Dame de Paris. Vierne, in fact, suffered a heart attack while playing his 1750th organ recital at Notre-Dame and died at the console. The concert will also include music by Hungarian-born American composer, Sigmund Romberg, who played an organ concert at the original building of Church of the Good Shepherd (then located across Lake Street from the Library) on August 14, 1949. Reports in the Rangeley Record (predecessor of The Highlander) of that week recount hundreds of people filling the small church and standing outside on the lawn to hear Romberg, a world-famous composer best known for his musicals, The Student Prince, The Desert Song and The New Moon. Romberg was a personal friend of summer Rangeley resident, Mrs. Clarence Millhiser, who arranged for his visit to our town. The concert was called the “big occasion of the year in Rangeley.” Our July 4, 2019 concert will also include selections by Bach, Sousa, and British jazz musician, George Shearing.
Robert Ludwig is now a year-round resident of Loon Lake, just north of Rangeley, having had a career as director of music in some of the country’s most notable settings for church music. His professional work has taken him from training and degrees at Davidson College and Yale University to academic and church positions in Connecticut, Kentucky, New York and Maine. Now retired from full-time music positions, he is Director of Music Ministries at Good Shepherd.
The concert is free, but donations will be gratefully received and the Vestry has designated that 100% of contributions will go to deferred maintenance at Church of the Good Shepherd. The beautiful church building was completed on Main Street in 1966 (53 years ago) and receives a great deal of use every week from its congregation and the entire community of Rangeley (Thrift Shoppe, Food Bank, AA, Senior Socials, RFA and many other organizations and events).