Friday, August 7, 2009


Our Savior's is in the midst of producing an album called "Gather at the River" of Horace Magnusson playing hymns on piano. As a congregation that values the ministry of music, we've decided to embark upon this unique project in order to share the great hymns of faith with our community.

Hory was chosen to be the artist of this recording because he has a long history playing music both in and out of the church in Lansing. He performed in dance bands throughout the region for many years. As a life-long citizen of Lansing and long-time member of our congregation, he has shared his musical gifts by singing in the choir and periodically playing piano and organ for worship. He also plays weekly at the nursing home in town. He is currently 90 years old and still playing the piano with his own, unique flare. The council decided it was high time we preserve Hory's music and share it.

This full-length album was recorded at Sound Strations Recording Studio in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on August 6, 2009. It was the first time Hory had been in a recording studio and also the first time he'd played a baby grand piano. Yet he made those keys sing. Give him a listen by playing the brief video clip below.

Here are some other photos from the recording session including some with grammy award-winning sound engineer, Brett Huus.

The finished album will be released sometime before the end of the year. We'll be posting another blog when that happens. 

No comments:

Post a Comment