By Tricia Hall
The Truth Reporter
Third Baptist Church’s sanctuary was filled to capacity, as attendees enjoyed various musical arrangements from foxtrot tempo, classical, to contemporary worship tempo. Attendees gathered to support the program featuring Anthony Pattin, PhD, and various musical artists. The program was held on Sunday, September 25 and was organized by the church’s mission ministry.
“Today, as we gathered at the historical Third Baptist Church, the Mission Ministry of this church, we would like to take this time to thank each of you for giving of your time to share in a first ever Fine Arts Presentation by Toledo’s own Anthony Pattin, PhD and friends,” said Iris Page-Jones, Mission Ministry president.
Pattin, a Toledo native who left Toledo in 1987 and spent 32 years in Birmingham, Alabama where he was a university professor, solo pianist, chamber musician, adjudicator and scholar. He has played with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony, played a concert series in Los Angeles and even Carnegie Hall, to mention a few. He returned to Toledo in November 2019, where he is currently the organist and pianist at First St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon, Ohio.
“We started initially working on this program about five years ago, and the big problem back then was logistics. The mission ministry approached me again in 2019 when I returned. I wanted to present not just a piano recital but fine art performances,” shared Pattin.
The special event opened with a welcome and invocation by Pamela Knox along with a variety of arrangements from Seregi Rchmaninoff and Mozart. Pattin played several pieces solo, but also invited “friends” to accompany him throughout the afternoon including: violinist Susan Stephenson and cellist Anthony Pattin, soprano Patricia McCauley sang Mozart’s “Alleluia,” fine arts performer AnJolie Barry musically illustrated Beethoven’s piece, DCSC Forever Ensemble vocally accompanied Pattin, and Robert Duris shared piano support with Pattin.
“I want to thank the Lord for bringing this program together. I thank the ministry department, Dr. Pattin, his friends and all of the supports for carrying out this wonderful program,” shared Rev. Odell Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church.
The program included a recognition of former musicians, remarks, benediction and reception in the lower auditorium.