HANFORD — The future is looking bright for the First Episcopal Church of the Saviour.
“Bright” is the word that former junior warden Marty Martin uses to describe the new sound of the church’s century-old pipe organ that recently received long-overdue maintenance.
“Everyone I talk to mentions the word ‘bright,’” he said, referring to the updated sound of the pipe organ.
The church will host its first concert recital since its historic 1911 Murray Harris Pipe Organ received a makeover in the form of new leathers — which had been needed since the 1950s — at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14.
Since the repairs, air doesn’t leak on its way to the pipes, which gives the organ a louder, grander sound.
“This will be the best time to hear it. The organ will sound the best it has sounded in 60 or 70 years,” Martin said.
“It sounds like a brand new organ,” the church’s music director Tyrell McKenzie said. “The first thing I noticed was the clarity of the notes. I’m so excited. I can’t wait for the people of Hanford to hear what our organ has to offer.”
McKenzie, who has been an organist for nearly 15 years, will reunite with his organ teacher, Catherine Walker, to perform a piece by Paul Manz.
Michael Vargas will join the teacher/student duo in performing works by Flix Mendelssohn, Alexandre Guilmant, Jean Langlais and others.
The concert will culminate in each one of those musicians performing their favorite hymn as a sing-along with the entire congregation.
“I’m strong in my faith and I like there to be glory to God in everything we do, so I thought it would be a nice addition to the program,” he said.
The concert is free and donations will be accepted.
In addition to the concert, the church will host its seventh annual fish fry Friday evening. The pre-Palm Sunday dinner event will serve as a fundraiser for the Episcopal Church Women and Men (MCWM) organization. The group regularly raises funds that go back into projects at the church.
Martin will be cooking for somewhere between 15-200 people that night. He estimated that half will dine via the drive thru option, which will be in operation from 4:30-7 p.m. and half will dine-in at the church. Dine-in runs from 5-7:30 p.m.
The $15 tickets come with fried fish, coleslaw, fries, tartar sauce and – for dine-in guests – a drink.
The church is located at 519 N. Douty St., Hanford.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/saviourweb/