Portland News

July 2, 2018

Midsummer Concert

This year’s annual Midsummer Concert was a special celebration of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the first Apostolic Faith orchestra. The concert program noted that in 1908 the church originally had only a small reed organ for music, and after a few years a piano was acquired. Over time more instruments were added, and in 1918 the first orchestra was pioneered by thirty members. The group continued to grow to a symphonic orchestra, which is what we still enjoyed today—especially at the Midsummer Concert!

The program opened with the “Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by a grand “Hallelujah Chorus” by the combined choir and accompaniment orchestra. This was followed by Shawn Worthington playing “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” on the organ, and then a ladies’ quartet (pictured above) sang two beautiful and inspiring songs: “In that Great Getting’ Up Mornin’” and “Bread Upon the Water.” A unique flute octet played “He Never Sleeps” and “Tico-Tico No Fuba,” with bassoon, bass, and percussion accompaniment. Then the orchestra ended the first half of the program with “Nabucco Overture.” The program notes explained that “Nabucco” refers to King Nebuchadnezzar, and the song is based on the Old Testament account of the exile of the Jews from their homeland, highlighting their longing for the Promised Land.

Following intermission, the strings of the orchestras brought a lovely start to the second half of the program with “Simple Symphony”—which despite its title did not seem simple at all! The choir then sang three songs,“Cry Out and Shout,” “Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge,” and “No Hidin’ Place,” the last of which featuring Randy Kaady as soloist. Soprano soloist Victoria Heintz sang the delightful song “Alleluia” by Mozart and a traditional spiritual called “Oh, Glory.” Following her impressive performance, her husband David brought her a well-deserved bouquet of flowers. The youth choir joined the sanctuary choir in singing “I Hear America Singing,” and then the orchestra concluded the evening with Tchaikovsky’s “Finale from Symphony No. 4.”

If the original 1918 orchestra members could have attended this year’s concert, no doubt they would be extremely happy to know their initial efforts have been followed by hundreds of other consecrated musicians offering their talents in the service of the Lord through the decades. We hope this long-standing tradition will continue as long as Jesus tarries!

Watch the full service in the Media Center.

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Midsummer Concert of Portland Camp Meeting 2018