Magazine article The American Organist

Come, Christians, Join to Sing: A Compilation of Inspiring Music from the Mark Thallander Foundation's Festivals in Celebration of the Foundation's 10th Anniversary

Magazine article The American Organist

Come, Christians, Join to Sing: A Compilation of Inspiring Music from the Mark Thallander Foundation's Festivals in Celebration of the Foundation's 10th Anniversary

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COME, CHRISTIANS, JOIN TO SING: A COMPILATION OF INSPIRING MUSIC FROM THE MARK THALLANDER FOUNDATION'S FESTIVALS IN CELEBRATION OF THE FOUNDATION'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY. Festival adult and children's choirs and instrumentalists; conductors: Eric Dale Knapp, Mack Wilberg, Anton Armstrong, Stephen Roddy, Frederick Swann, Anton Armstrong, John Rutter, Thomas R. Matrone, Frank Brownstead, Luke McEndarfer, Edwin M. Willmington, Paul Salamunovich, and Weston Noble; organists: Frederick Swann, Mark Thailander, and Samuel Soria; pianists: Jan Sanborn, Peter Green, and Darlene Matrone. Recorded in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, Calif. (Dobson organ), and the Robert H. Spence Chapel, Evangel University, Springfield, Mo. (Schantz organ). Markthallanderfbudation.org. The Mark Thailander Foundation was established in 2005, following a devastating automobile accident in which organist Mark Thailander ultimately lost his left arm. A more complete account of this experience may be found at Markthallander.com/story/index.asp. During Thailander's recovery, a tremendous outpouring of support, including financial assistance, resulted in the realization that the Foundation would fill a genuine need and provide a new, exciting opportunity for Thailander to exercise musical and spiritual leadership. The website states: "The Mark Thailander Foundation exists to enable individuals to experience growth in faith and community through the gift of music. The vision of the Foundation is to affirm and inspire church musicians, choirs, clergy, and congregations through festivals, concerts, and seminars. …

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