First Congregational Church, U.C.C. announces organ recital March 6

Wayne Wildman, local musician, will give an organ recital at First Congregational Church, UCC, at 310 Bluff Ave., Sheboygan, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6. He will play the church's 37-rank Schantz pipe organ.

Wildman will present a recital titled “Epiphany to Easter – A Program of Baroque Music.” He will be assisted by soprano Linda Adams of Sheboygan Falls and Heidi Hess on oboe.

The organ at First Congregational Church, located in the sanctuary balcony, is a three-manual 37-rank organ and was built by Schantz Organ Co. of Orville, Ohio. It was installed in 2006. The company was founded in 1873 and is the oldest and largest American pipe organ builder still under the management of the founding family. Today the company builds organs for projects ranging in size from small organs of a few ranks of pipes to complex designs for some of the largest halls, churches and cathedrals in the world.

Versatile is the word to describe Sheboygan-born maestro Wildman. His musical collaborators range from Yefim Bronfman and Gary Karr to the Canadian Brass and Dinah Shore. Educated at Lakeland College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wildman is completing his 21st season as music director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.

Wildman has been heard as harpsichord and/or piano soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Sheboygan Symphony, the Manitowoc Symphony, the Green Bay Civic Symphony and most recently, the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in recitals at Symphony Center and the Art Institute of Chicago, served as accompanist for the Fourth International Henryk Szeryng Violin Competition in Toluca, Mexico and performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvejhem” series. In the summer of 2009, Wildman made his fifth appearance at the Washington Island Music Festival where he was featured in works by Fesca and Martinu.

An experienced theatrical composer, Wildman scores have been performed in Nebraska, North Carolina and Florida as well as Wisconsin. His current project is “My Many Colored Days,” a work for string quartet and narrator written as a collaborative program with the Manitowoc Public School District and the Manitowoc Symphony.

Wildman also serves as music director of First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. In what little spare time he has apart from music, he also enjoys collecting rare books.

There will be a reception in Lucas Hall immediately following the concert. There is no charge for this event.

Anyone interested in learning more about First Congregational UCC is invited to view the website at or contact the church office at 920-457-4818. The pastors are the Revs. Jim and Julia Hollister.

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