I read recently in the Augusta Chronicle about the John G. Schaeffer Memorial Concert to be presented by The Arts at Reid, of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church.
I was pleased to see that Brad Cunningham, at one time a student of Dr. Schaeffer's, would be playing the organ throughout.
The last time I heard Brad play was at Reid while we were both students at then Augusta College (now ASU), so I jumped at the chance to hear him play again.
I was not disappointed.
This thrilling and delightful concert was underwritten by Mr. Cunningham for the purpose of the John G. Shaeffer Memorial Concert endowment fund, so that all proceeds would go toward that goal.
Brad included a variety of works, ranging from classical to modern, which allowed him to demonstrate his ability to draw both power and delicacy from the same amazing instrument, a pipe organ with Renaissance Carillon systems, which was completed in March 2003.
The musical pieces also showcased some talented local accompanists, including percussionists, a timpanist and another guest organist.
Brad told the audience that The Arts at Reid hope to repeat these performances once or twice a year, and to include some world-renowned organists. Reid Memorial has discovered a cultural talent and treasure that returned to Augusta not that long ago in the form of Mr. Cunningham.
I hope many people will come and enjoy Reid's future concerts as much as we did this one.
If the upcoming concerts are at least the caliber of this performance, you will come away satisfied, entertained and uplifted.
I would like to thank the Augusta Chronicle for bringing this inspiring concert to its readers' attention. Bravo!
Theresa Johnson Von Plinsky, Augusta