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Listening, Learning and Liturgy Take Place at Bower Chapel

Moorings Park's Bower Chapel, donated by Edwin Bower, provides ecumenical services and religious studies and is available to residents of Moorings Park at Grey Oaks. Dedicated in 2001, the 230-seat Bower Chapel celebrates the marriage of spirituality, architecture and music into one glorious setting.

With a belief that successful aging is more than good health and economic security, Moorings Park's Bower Chapel provides a venue that enables our residents to grow both mentally and spiritually.

The pipe organ is the piece de resistance of this gorgeous chapel which ranks among the finest small concert halls in the country. Designed and fabricated by Taylor & Boody, the organ is comprised of 1,902 pipes nestled within cherry, poplar, white pine, white oak, western red cedar, hard maple and walnut woods.

Beyond our non-denominational Sunday services, the chapel also serves as an elegant backdrop for Bower Chapel Concert Series, lectures and other community gatherings.

The recently dedicated Alan and Marilyn Korest Plaza, located in front of Bower chapel, features an brilliantly illuminated dandelion fountain surrounded by inspirational quotes and offering the perfect spot for quiet reflection and outdoor entertainment.

  • Bower Chapel's Pipe Organ
  • Bower Chapel

This Season's Concert Series at Bower Chapel

Bower Chapel events are open to residents and members of Moorings Park. The following is just a sampling of some of the events hosted at Bower Chapel.

The Fred Moyer Jazz Trio

This concert is a double treat: not only does the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio perform their own arrangements and improvisations of standards from the great American songbook; they also bring to the stage great jazz performances from the past. This is what sets them apart from any other jazz group. They select historic recorded performances by trios led by such pianists as Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Dave Brubeck, and then transcribe each note of these recordings. They then bring the resulting scores to life as would a chamber music ensemble playing Bach or Beethoven, infusing the music with their own vitality and interpretations. An evening with the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio is a swinging celebration of the best in jazz, delighting both classical music lovers and long-time jazz enthusiasts.

Miami University Men's Glee Club from Oxford, Ohio

The Miami University Men's Glee Club will perform a wide variety of sacred and secular male choral music on its annual winter tour. Composers will include Felix Mendelssohn, Carol Orff, Peter Schickele, Franz Schubert, Randall Thompson, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, among others. In addition to singing their Glee Club traditional songs, including the famous jazz standard Java Jive, the group will also perform a selection of world music from the regions of South Africa, Nigeria, Haiti, and the Appalachians.

Piano Duo Recital - Simon & Son

Concert pianist and entertainer Peter Simon and his son, Saling, will present a dazzling display of keyboard pyrotechnics, comprised of both popular and classical music, along with humorous anecdotes about their extensive travels on the concert stage. They have made five world tours, performing at hundreds of concert venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall.

String Theory

Glenn Basham, violin; Dan Heck, guitar; and Kevin Mauldin, contrabass, join forces to create a formidable and energetic sound featuring daring improvisations on familiar standards as well as originals. These three renowned Florida musicians will energize the chapel in a new way: a ‘third-stream” fusion of classical and jazz.

A Flute Odyssey

Featuring: Wendy Willis, Leelo Basham, Flutes; John Fenstermaker, Keyboards. Join us on a musical journey of flutes through time. As we step back in history, you will hear the sounds of recorders, crumhorns and baroque flutes. Haunting, mesmerizing, and humorous, these sounds recall the ancient instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Moving to the present, you will hear a variety of flutes and sonorities, from the bird-like piccolo, to the mellow tones of the alto flute, and the velvety bass flute. Accompanying the flutes will be Bower Chapel’s master of the keyboards, John Fenstermaker at the piano, organ and harpsichord. You won’t want to miss Debussy’s "Clair de Lune", a trio sonata by the great baroque composer, Georg Philipp Tele- mann, and everyone’s favorite Irish tune "Danny Boy".

Romantic Music for Piano and Strings

Grigorios Zamparas, piano, with members of the Amernet String Quartet in a program of Schubert, Sibelius and Schumann. This varied concert features two lovely string trios, by Franz Schubert and Jean Sibelius, followed by the featured work, Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet for piano, violin, viola, and cello. Mr. Zamparas is Chair of Piano Studies at the University of Tampa.

Cello and Piano: Philip Borter & Pianist Cahill Smith

Philip Borter, cello, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music; Cahill Smith is professor of piano at Lynn University, Nashville TN. They’ll perform works for cello and piano by Caldara, Boccherini, and Beethoven. Also included is a modern work by 20th-century classical composer George Rochberg, whose musical priority is emotional expressiveness: he rejects the atonal modern style. The cello is an instrument which sounds particularly beautiful in the reverberant acoustics of Bower Chapel.

Patriotic Celebration

To mark the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend, we’ll all join in the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of our national anthem, and the service anthems of the five branches of the Armed Forces. The traditional Remembrance Day poem, “In Flanders Fields”, will be read, followed by the playing of Taps on the bugle. Jeffrey Faux conducts the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers who will offer special patriotic choral numbers, and George Cook, bagpiper, will play an outdoor prelude and postlude. Flags, pipes, bugle and organ combine to honor this important holiday.