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Sacred Music Series Presents Organist Brian Bailey in Nov. 7 Concert

103003bailey_dl.jpgBOONE–The Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University presents Brian Bailey in a solo organ concert on Friday, Nov. 7. The 8 p.m. concert will be held in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. It is part of the music school’s sacred music series. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Bailey says that organ music is “great music and should be heard and shared with a live audience.”

He calls organ music the “original heavy metal music” and says his program features the organ in ways not usually heard in church.

The program begins with a piece by Buxtehude, followed by two Bach pieces, one of which will feature a toccata with a very long pedal solo.

The program takes a more modern turn with a selection from “Les Corps Gloriuex” by Messiaen, whose pieces are inspired by the Christian faith and scripture quotes. “Drop, Drop, Slow Tears” by Persichetti also will be performed.

The evening will conclude with energetic pieces by Libby Larson and Dan Locklair. Locklair is a professor at Wake Forest University.

Bailey has been playing the organ since age 12. He received a bachelor of music in Organ at Augustana College, a master’s degree from Eastman School of Music and a doctorate degree from Indiana University. Bailey is an associate professor in the Hayes School of Music. He joined the faculty at Appalachian in 1994.