Sinai Festival Sounds, concert series of Sinai Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska, presents organist Ann Marie Rigler with violinist/violist Eric Williams. Their varied program will be based in part on Lenten themes and will include pieces that feature modern violin, Baroque violin, and viola, as well as Sinai’s Juget-Sinclair organ.
Many Omaha and Lincoln AGO members will remember Rigler from past performances in the area (Sundays at Strauss and Lincoln Organ Showcase among other programs) and her time on the music faculty at Wayne State College. She is now Professor of Music and College Organist at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where she teaches courses in music history and Christian worship practices in addition to organ and piano lessons. She also serves as organist for weekly Chapel services, as pianist for the Chapel Choir, and as organist for Jewell’s critically acclaimed Concert Choir, with whom she will return to the United Kingdom in May 2018 for her third tour as organ soloist and accompanist. Her performances with the choir on their 2015 release on the Centaur label, The Trumpet Sounds, earned her accolades from the American Record Guide as “a jewel of an organist.” In the spring of 2017, she was honored to receive the William Jewell College Student Senate’s Excellent Campus Citizen Award for her work as College Organist. As a member of Concert Artist Cooperative, she maintains an active schedule as solo recitalist, chamber musician, and presenter, including performances at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the College Music Society, and Musforum.
Eric T. Williams is a violinist and violist with an eclectic background. He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Violin Pedagogy degrees from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Yale University. Among the many ensembles he has performed with are the Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, North Arkansas Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and the Four Corners Opera. He also performed in several cities in Germany and Hungary as a founding member of Camerata Lawrence. Williams served on the music faculties of the University of New Mexico and Murray State University and also taught orchestra in the Albuquerque Public Schools for five years. After obtaining his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, he was a solo practitioner in Kansas and Missouri for nearly 11 years. Williams is currently manager of grants for the Kansas City Symphony. A freelance musician, he performs at many musical events throughout the greater Kansas City area. He is especially devoted to Baroque music and is a founding member of the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.
Sinai Festival Sounds concerts are free and supported by freewill offerings and other generous donations. A reception will follow the program.