Reaching Out with the Gift of Music

Music has always held an important place in the spiritual life of the congregation and our worship. For that reason and for the glory of God, our Music Ministry has participated in a number of recording projects over the last several decades, expanding the scope of ministry far beyond the walls of the church. To order, please mail your request, along with your shipping address to: “LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Attention: Dr. Larry Visser, Minister of Music, 107 LaGrave Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.”  Make checks payable to: “LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church.”  Orders will be shipped soon after they are received. If additional information is requested, please contact Dr. Larry Visser, or (616) 454-7204.

On Christmas Night

Larry Visser

This recording features Dr. Larry Visser, organist of LaGrave Avenue CRC playing the George and Wilma VanWesep Memorial Organ (5-manual, 108-rank Austin-Allen). The festive recording features a variety of arrangements of Christmas Carols and original organ music written for the Christmas season, including “Variations on a Noël” (Marcel Dupré), “Noel Grand Jeu et Duo” (Louis Claude d’Aquin), “Christmas Intrada” (David Conte), “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” (Keith Chapman), “In dulci jubilo” (two settings by Johann Sebastian Bach), Solemn Prelude on “In the Bleak Midwinter” (Larry Visser), Four French Couplets on “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night” (Larry Visser), Pastoral Dance on “On Christmas Night” (Robin Milford), “Silent Night, Holy Night” (Charles Ore), “I Saw Three Ships” (Richard Elliott) and more. CD Price: $15.00 (includes shipping)

Love So Amazing, So Divine

Lent at LaGrave

This recording features the Chancel Choir, Junior Choir, Bells Jubilate, cellist Calin Muresan, soloist Jason Reiffer, and several instrumentalists. A variety of pieces for the season of Lent are included: “Wondrous Love” (Shaw/Parker), “Ah, Dearest Jesus” (Raymond H. Haan), “Agnus Dei,” from “Requiem” (John Rutter), “Do This in Remembrance of Me” (Larry Visser), “A Lenten Love Song” (Helen Kemp), “Pie Jesu,” from “Requiem” (Webber, arr. Douglas E. Wagner), “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (Gilbert Martin), “The Tree of Life” (K. Lee Scott) and more. CD Price: $15.00 (includes shipping)

LaGrave Organ Favorites

Larry Visser

This recording features LaGrave organist, Dr. Larry Visser, playing several favorite organ pieces of the LaGrave congregation on the church’s magnificent Austin-Allen 5-manual 108-rank pipe organ installed in 1996. Pieces include “Toccata” from “Symphony No. 5” (Charles Marie Widor), “Cortège et Litanie” (Marcel Dupré), “Partita on Crystal” (By the Sea of Crystal) (Larry Visser), “Come, Sweetest Death” (J. S. Bach, arr. Virgil Fox), “Now Thank We All Our God” (J. S. Bach, arr. Virgil Fox), “God of Grace” (Paul Manz), “Carillon de Westminster” (Louis Vierne), and more. CD Price: $15.00 (includes shipping)

Every Voice in Concert Ring

Christmas at LaGrave

This recording features the Chancel Choir, Junior Choir, Bells Jubilate, organist Dr. Larry Visser, several instrumentalists and guest harpist Christa Grix. Many Christmas favorites include “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (David Willcocks), “Some Children See Him” (Alfred Burt), “This Little Babe” (Benjamin Britten), “Three Carols for Oboe and Organ” (Michael Burkhardt), “Change Ring Prelude on ‘Divinum Mysterium'” (Fred Gramann), “Still, Still Night” (Jackson Berkey), “O Magnum Mysterium” (Moten Lauridsen), and more. CD Price: $15.00 (includes shipping)

Lo! He Comes

Advent at LaGrave

This is the first recording in a series including music for each season of the liturgical church year. The recording includes several Advent pieces: Concertato on “Westminster Abbey” (Lo! He Comes, with Clouds Descending) (Larry Visser), “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying” (Johann Sebastian Bach), Three Settings of “Savior of the Nations, Come” (J. S. Bach), “You Who Were Rich” (French Carol, arr. John Worst), “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” (Katherine Jordahl Larson), “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come” (Paul Manz), “A Spotless Rose” (Herbert Howells), and more. Sorry, this CD is sold out.

Inaugural Concert

Carlo Curley

This recording is the recital presented by Carlo Curley for the dedication of the church’s new pipe organ on November 30, 1996. The organ’s wide variety of sound orchestral color is featured in pieces such as “In Dulci Jubilo” (J. S. Bach), “Prelude and Fugue in A Minor” (J. S. Bach), “Under the Christmas Mistletoe” (Richard Leibert), “Finlandia” (Jean Sibelius), “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” (Pytor Il’vich Tchaikovsky), “Dreams” (Hugh McAmis), and Fantasia on “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” (Max Reger). CD Price: $15.00 (includes shipping)

Organ Sounds

Steve Girod

This is a recording made by former assistant organist Steve Girod featuring hymn-based arrangements for organ such as “O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (Frederick Swann), “God of Grace” (Paul Manz), “For the Beauty of the Earth” (Emma Lou Diemer), “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (Dan Miller), “Rejoice, the Lord Is King” (Charles Callahan), and four of Mr. Girod’s own improvisations. CD Price: $15.00 (includes shipping)

Navidad Campanas

Christmas Bells

This recording was made by Dr. Larry Visser on the church’s electronic Maas-Rowe Carillon at the request of the Cuba Committee of the Henry Beets Mission Society for use in the church towers of the Christian Reformed Churches in Cuba. It features several beloved Christmas Carols arranged for a variety of bells: Tubular Chimes, Symphonic Bells, Major Bells, digital Cast Bells, and Harp and Celesta. CD Price: $10.00 (includes shipping)