Westminster Benefit Concert

Here are a few images from the Westminster Benefit Concert I organized and performed to help rebuild my home church after the tornado of February 2013.

Rolando Salazar and I as we walk out to begin the second half of the program at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Westminster, benefit concert, recital, mezzo-soprano, Hogrefe

Looking out at the fantastic audience of friends and music-lovers!

Westminster Benefit Concert, recital, mezzo-soprano, Hogrefe

Rolando and I as we smile at the standing ovation!

mezzo-soprano, recital, benefit concert, Hogrefe

What an amazing evening of music, friendship, and loving energy. Over 75 people attended the concert, and friends contributed over $2,500 through this event for the rebuilding of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS.

Thanks to the clergy, staff and congregation of First Presbyterian Church for hosting this event and to George Wirth, Senior Pastor.

Thanks also to Oana Hogrefe Photography for  images, print materials, and event photography & video.


But who may abide the day of his coming
from Messiah by G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
O rest in the Lord
from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Pie Jesu
from Requiem by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Agnus Dei
from Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano and Graham Purkerson, organ

When I lay me down to sleep by James Q. Mulholland, b. 1935
Resignation and Wondrous Love
from Southern Harmony Songs by Frank Pesci, b. 1974
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen arr. Raymond K. Liebau, b. 1937

Vier ernste Gesänge by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
2. Ich wandte mich, und sahe an
3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du
4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelszungen

Selections from Dreams by Howard Keever, b. 1954
The dream keeper
Love song for Antonia
I dream a world

Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano and Rolando Salazar, piano