Hear three of the country’s most accomplished church organists share more of the myriad sounds of the Ruffatti pipe organ during a series of lunchtime concerts. Olivet Nazarene University invites you to the 2012 “Fall Festival of Organ Music” in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, 12:10 to 1 p.m. on the following days:
- Friday, September 21 — Colin Howland, director of music and organist at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas
- Friday, September 28 — Daniel Mau '07, cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church and organist at St. Margaret Mary Church, Herscher, Ill. He is a graduate of Olivet’s music program.
- Friday, October 5 — Stephen Self '76, professor of music at Bethel University (Minn.) and minister of music at Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He is a former accompanist of the Orpheus Choir.
An instrument of 125 ranks, the organ's size and quality rival the best pipe organs found in the churches and concert halls of the United States, as well as the great cathedrals of Europe. It contains 75 ranks of Ruffatti handmade, wind-blown pipes. The digital component features the remaining 50 ranks, created by the Massachusetts firm of Marshall & Ogletree. The four-manual console controls the “speech” of thousands of pipes, many of which are visible to the audience.
There is no admission charge for these events. For more information, call 815-939-5258.