The Association of Lifelong Learners will host two exceptional musicians when Trinity Episcopal Church organist Bill Kaltrider will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Adamus at ALL's quarterly event called "The Happening" on June 7. The public is invited free of charge.
"This will not be sacred or classical music normally played in a church," said Kaltrider.
The concert will consist of popular music from the 1930s to modern times, including show tunes, Tin-Pan Alley music and love songs. Kaltrider played at Palomar Roller Rink in East Lansing while he attended Michigan State University, so there may even be a bit of roller skating music.
Organist Bill Kaltrider, left, and multi-instrumentalist Greg Adamus will perform a concert together Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church as part of the Association of Lifelong Learners quarterly gathering. The concert is free and open to the public.
Kaltrider designed the unique, re-built organ for Trinity Episcopal Church. He has a special affinity for it, describing it as being like his child. By selecting settings such as English cathedral, American classic, French romantic and baroque, in addition to theatre music, any kind of music of any period can be played authentically.
"The organ was crying to play popular music, so we created this opportunity," Kaltrider said. "We felt that performing for the Lifelong Learners who are known to appreciate all types of learning experiences, including all types of music, was the perfect choice.
Kaltrider also said he is grateful for Trinity Episcopal Church for being flexible and allowing this to happen.
"The organ will be heard in a way you have never heard it," he said.
Kaltrider and Adamus have well over 100 years of performing music between them. Each started playing piano at age 5 and both began performing professionally at around 12 years of age.
"The difference," said Adamus "is that Bill's first gig was in a church and mine was in a bar."
Adamus also said he is excited to accompany Bill, who he considers an outstanding musician.
"The repertoire he suggested immediately attracted my attention," Adamus said.
Adamus will play a variety of woodwind instruments and perform on a squeeze box for good measure.
Lifelong Learners and guests will partake in a potluck luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m.
ALL Board President Jodene Compton said, "Guests are invited to bring a dish to pass and join in the meal or they may choose to attend the concert only."
The concert will be held from 1-2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 E. Washington. For more information, call 358-7207 or 595-2038.