Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, May 22 – May 28, 2017
“Saw Ye My Savior”
Performed by Margaret Imrie
“Music is my salvation,” wrote classically-trained Margaret Imrie. This rings through her soloist and recital career spanning six decades, two thousand performances, seven languages, and venues and ceremonies of many different faith traditions.
She majored in music at Principia College, later earning her MM from New England Conservatory. After study at Tanglewood and New Haven with Met Soprano Phyllis Curtin, she lived for twenty-two years in Manhattan.
Her longest soloist run, begun after Reading, was at the twelve-hundred-seat CS branch nearest Lincoln Center, with no shortage of critics or competition. The organist there for twenty-three years now, Ron Berresford, recalls he was “always impressed with her impeccable care in thoughtfully choosing and studying her solo so its message illuminated and enlarged the spiritual lesson of the day.”
Producer George Spitzer, winner of Grammy Awards for his work with the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and others, followed Imrie’s career since 1976: “Her voice is notably clear as is the diction, so you can hear every word and understand the message. The sound is inspiring and raises your thought.” – New York
“Having Margaret come gently walking in while boldly booming into the church Purcell’s Blow Ye the Trumpet, with exquisitely melodious and precisely- landing notes, gave the ceremony a sublimely beautiful opening that hung in the air for the entire service.” – Laurie Dill, Los Angeles
“She taught me how to find the song in every simple and complex situation. When I’m tempted to think I want more of her, I have to thank God for the abundance of treasures she left for the world to enjoy.” – Shirley Paulson, CS, Chicago