I had the pleasure of attending the 21st year of our local Bach Festival today at Grace Lutheran Church in Redway. The Bach Festival is organized by Bob Baker and performed by Humboldt’s own musicians as a gift to their neighbors.
This year’s concert was dedicated to Hal Lepoff. Hal has been teaching music to the children of our community for many years. He is one of Humboldt’s generous and talented musicians.
Hal has been battling some serious health issues recently.
This writer and Hal’s musician friends want to let him know they miss him and are praying for his health and well being.
Bob beautifully started the festivities on the organ with Bach’s Dorian Prelude.
Then Patti, Herma, and Michael came on stage to treat us to Suo Gan, a Welsh hymn. They also performed The Holy City by Adams. Hearing these two songs was, for the writer, spiritually uplifting.
Next up was Ed whose rendition of Bach’s Chromatic Prelude and Fugue was so beautifully lively, it put the writer in mind of fairies frolicking on the piano keyboard.
Don followed Ed, moving us with his strong operatic voice singing Frondi Tenere from the opera Xerxes by Handel.
Then James came on stage to pull our heartstrings by playing on his guitar El Ultimo Tremolo a Prelude by Bach. He played so gently, you could almost feel the tenderness in Bach’s mind as he wrote the piece.
After James, Emily, Don’s wife, serenaded us with Lascia Cho`io Pianga, a beautiful melody from an opera by Handel.
Margaret closed the program with Gigue from the First Cello Suite by Bach on viola expressed so lively, yet gently soft so that the writer actually felt like dancing, and/or humming along.
Then Bob unified the group by leading everyone in the song Jesu Joy.
Thanks to the generosity of our local businesses, Bob was able to give out gifts to the participants and volunteers. Everyone received something.
Such a pleasant way to spend a warm Humboldt afternoon, and pray for our friend, Hal, as well.
Thank you everyone.