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Contribution photo – Organist Hudson Lourenco will perform at the Lutheran Church in Elim on November 20.

Contribution photo – Toledo pianist Josh Grimes will perform at the Lutheran Church in Elim on November 20.

The Elim Lutheran Church is sponsoring a free 3 pm holiday holiday concert on November 20 at the First Congregational Church, 312 W. Main St., Marshalltown. The concert will feature holiday music presented by local talent, including an organist, pianist and community hand bell choir.

The organist is Hudson Lourenco, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently settled in Marshalltown. Lourenço was encouraged in his youth by several church musicians (many of whom were parents) to pursue a Bachelor of Music with a specialization in organ performance. This study took place at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After graduation, Lourenço was selected to participate in a cultural exchange program called “Music in the churches of the United States” at Lebanon Valley College, Penn. Program activities exposed Lourenco to the rich musical traditions, history, liturgy, and cultural heritage of many important religious denominations in the United States. After the exchange program followed by auditions, he was accepted to the University of Iowa, where he obtained a master’s degree in organ performance. Since moving to Marshalltown in 2019, Lourenco has held organist positions at First Congregational Church in Waterloo, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, and Trinity and Redeemer Lutheran Church, both in Marshalltown. He also holds the Artist-in-Residence designation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marshalltown, while also working as an accompanist for the Department of Singing programs at Lenihan Middle School and Miller Middle Schools.

The pianist is Josh Grimes from Toledo. Grimes began his musical journey playing on a 25-note battery-powered keyboard at the age of three. At the age of nine, Grimes performed his first keyboard solo at the Assembly of God Church in Tama where his grandfather was the preacher. Along with a church pianist grandmother and another church organist grandmother, Grimes was encouraged to continue learning to play. During his teenage years, he participated in fine arts festivals and music competitions while continuing to improve his skills. His talents are now displayed with his musical family (The Seymours) which is a popular gospel music group in this field. Grimes also performs regularly at Elim Lutheran Church and Faith Assembly of God Church every weekend here in Marshalltown. He has also accompanied programs from the Singing / Drama Department at South Tama High, the most recent being a production of “In the woods.”

Bell players from four churches in Marshalltown came together to create a “community” bell choir for this concert. Participants are Vickie Unferth, Hallie Hugen and Todd Metge of Trinity Lutheran; Betsy Macke and Pat Kirner of St. Francis / St. Henri’s church; Krystal Randall, Gary Heggen, Lynn Maas and Jody Brintnall of the First Congregational Church and Mark Proescholdt, Ann Pfantz and Larry Pfantz of the Elim Lutheran Church. The choir has been able to mold a variety of experiences and techniques into a cohesive set of handbells.

This free holiday concert at 3 p.m. immediately precedes the opening of the Holiday Promenade on November 20. Walkers are invited to start the evening’s activities at this concert at the First Congregational Church before strolling down the Main Street.

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