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Organ and Sacred Music Recital Series Hosts March 5 Event

BOONE — Organ and sacred music from Bach to Reger will be performed March 5 during a recital at Appalachian State University’s Rosen Concert Hall.

The recital by Judy Congdon begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.Congdon is associate professor of organ and college organist at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., and organist and choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Olean, N.Y. She is past dean of the Allegheny Chapter, American Guild of Organists.

“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” and “Trio Sonata in D Minor,” both by Johann Sebastian Bach, begin the recital.

Craig Phillips’ “Intermezzo,” “Antiphon” and the hymn prelude “It is Well with My Soul,” also will be performed. Phillips is music associate at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Noted both as an organist and as a composer, he maintains an active concert schedule, and continues to receive many commissions as a composer of organ and church music.

The “Intermezzo” and “Antiphon” are from his “Triptych for Organ,” composed in 1996.

The hymn prelude was composed in 1987 and is part of a collection of hymn-based works titled “Wondrous Love.”

A fantasy in the chorale “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” by Max Reger based on the popular Martin Luther composition, concludes the recital.

Congdon earned a doctorate in organ performance and literature from Eastman School of Music, a master of music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a bachelor of music degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and a diploma in organ performance from Musikhockschule in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, where she was a Fulbright scholar.

The School of Music’s Organ and Sacred Music Recital Series continues April 16 when the First Baptist Church Chancel Choir performs “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Théodore Dubois.

For more information, call the School of Music at 262-3020.

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