Church refurbished in sight, sound

September 12, 2002|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Soon, St. James Church in Lothian will be looking as spiffy as at any time in its illustrious 310-year history as an Episcopal parish.

Fresh coats of "white dove" paint hug its walls; pews and trim have been redone in a handsome beige - and before long, says Val Hymes, the church's verger, one of the church's true stalwarts, a red carpet will welcome members and visitors in vibrant style.

But what will receive the most attention in the refurbished setting this weekend will be St. James' new organ: a Rodgers Trillium 957 three-manual digital model with 55 stops and the computerized equivalent of 115 pipe ranks.

The church will celebrate the dedication of the instrument at 4 p.m. Sunday with a recital and reception, which are open to the public. Monte Maxwell, organist of the Naval Academy and assistant director of music there, will present a program of J.S. Bach, Vierne, Schubert, Weaver and Liszt.

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