Spring Texas – Celebrating a friendship and passion of purpose, Dr. Linda Margetts, Tabernacle Organist, performed in an organ concert for the community at Trinity Klein Lutheran Church in Spring Texas. The performance was part of the church’s concert series organized by Dr. Bill Brusick, Minister of Music at Trinity Klein.
Margetts and Brusick met in the Conference Center at Temple Square in 2015 when she invited him to play the organ following the noon concert he and his wife attended. The two bonded over the similarities between the two pioneer groups, the Mormons that came to the Salt Lake Valley and the German Lutherans who settled the Spring area in the 1870’s. Later, Brusick invited Margetts to play in the 2017 concert series and decided to compose a special piece for the event based on the hymn “High on the Mountaintop”.
Brusick researched the story of the Mormon Pioneers from “Joseph Smith and the plates, their move to Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, Brigham Young taking them the rest of the way, the whole bit”, he said. “I saw a Church video of them going across the plains, the desolation, death and starving, then the exhilaration when they saw the mountain, Ensign Peak, and the choir sang ‘High on the Mountaintop’. Linking the story is a powerful testament of those people,” Brusick said. “That kind of fortitude staggers me.” His composition mirrored the struggles and victory of those pioneers.
Brusick shared this story at the concert as an introduction to the premiere performance. Along with Margetts at the organ, the composition included brass and timpani conducted by Brusick.
The concert began with the original non-metrical version of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, beloved hymn composed by Martin Luther. “I was so interested in playing and having the congregation sing with me the wonderful hymn ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’. This is the beginning of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and here I am in this wonderful sanctuary with this wonderful organ in this beautiful Lutheran church able to play that special hymn,” Margetts said.
As well as being one of the five Mormon Tabernacle Organists and performing regularly on temple square, Margetts has travelled around the world in concert. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah and teaches organ students in a community outreach program. “It is a real honor to have this opportunity,” she said.
Brusick is in his 10th year as Minister of Music for Trinity Klein. He has organized the concert series since 2008 as a way of giving to the community. “As musicians we can get together on common ground. Music transcends beyond politics and theology and builds common bonds,” Brusick added.
Photos by Jennifer Martino