Rindt debuts more new music

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Rindt debuts more new musicWhile “Songs of the Spirit” will showcase for the community new music from local pianist-composer Patrick Rindt, his supporters are hoping that the upcoming Rindt & Friends production will also help facilitate a bigger platform for his work.

“After attending Patrick’s last concert, I really came away with the sense that there needs to be a way to find a broader audience,” said Bill Farris, who will serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming performance, to be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at the United Methodist Church.

“Although I am very excited about the fact that we have such a talented individual living within our community, his gift is way too valuable for us to sit on.

“We have to find a way for other people to experience this.”

Rindt quietly made his debut in Ridgecrest at that same church in 2017. Since then, he has been holding regular concerts featuring local and visiting artists.

He continued to compose original pieces, including choral and solo works that have been performed at the Methodist Church. He joined forces with Amber Petersen, who has sung several of his art songs, to put together a small ensemble for a demo recording of the works. As other musicians lent their support to the cause, the recording attempt grew into a concept that would allow the works to be performed for the community as a fund-raiser for studio time.

David Hodgson, another frequent collaborator, will join the concert to perform in the ensemble choir as well as a soloist in the “Jeanette” suite, which features four songs from Rindt’s first composition — a musical retelling of the story of a young Joan of Arc.

Joining Hodgson will be Sophia Montenegro, who will perform the teenaged “Jeanette,” as the French figure was known in her youth. Philip Petersen will sing the role of Alix, Jeanette’s love interest, and Julia Rindt will sing the role of a younger Jeanette.

Chloe Crouse, a relative newcomer to Ridgecrest, joins the “Rindt & Friends” team as pianist for the choir and in the rock ensemble accompanying “Jeanette.”

“I am particularly excited about the sacred music Patrick has written,” said Farris.

“A lot of church organizations have adopted more contemporary sounds. But for me, I miss the qualities of majesty and reverence that was once more common in sacred music.”

Rindt said that because recording parameters required such a small group of singers, he was pleased that Petersen found a group that could provide a full sound while capturing all of the nuances of the music’s complex harmonies.

“The caliber of consummate singers we have in our choir, eager to share this music with audiences, is a true gift,” said Petersen.

“For me, it’s not just a matter of wanting Patrick to be successful, although that would be a wonderful byproduct,” said Farris.

“But I think it would be a crime if we could not find a way to bring this music to the rest of the world.”

Tickets to “Songs of the Spirit” are available, for a donation, at Cosner-Neipp. For more information, “like” or follow Patrick Rindt on Facebook.

Story First Published: 2020-02-14