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2013 Fall Organ Festival unites world-class organ with outstanding organists

Posted: Sep 26, 2013

Three outstanding organists will perform during a series of lunchtime concerts in October at Olivet. The “Fall Festival of Organ Music” will be held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, 12:10 to 12:55 p.m., on the following days:

Friday, October 4, with Everhard Zwart, guest organist

Everhard Zwart, a native and resident of the Netherlands, is a third-generation organist — the son and student of the late renowned organist Willem Hendrik Zwart, and the grandson of the organist Jan Zwart. He has also studied with German organist Günther Kaunzinger. Since his first organ concert in 1979, he has performed in Spain, France and several other European countries, as well as in the United States. He is known for his wide repertoire, especially French Romantic organ literature, and interpretations of Bach, Reger, Liszt, Andriessen and other greats.

Friday, October 11, with Andrew Peters, guest organist

An accomplished organist and choral conductor, Andrew Peters currently serves as pastoral musician (organist/director of music) at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Mo. He also organizes a widely acclaimed annual music services, and directs choral groups and a handbell choir. He enjoys performing in recitals and other public music performances, including his popular organ accompaniments for silent films. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in church music at St. Olaf College (Minn.), he studied with John Ferguson. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, he studied with Todd Wilson and earned his master’s degree in organ performance. A member of the American Guild of Organists, he served as director for the 2010 St. Louis Pipe Organ Encounter for Young Organists.

Friday, October 18, with Joshua McClure, guest organist

Joshua McClure currently serves as the director of worship and music at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Ill. He oversees a comprehensive music program there, including multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles, liturgical arts, handbell choirs, and a contemporary praise team and band. A former student of Ed Zimmerman, he has participated in church worship services since he was eight years old. He is a graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School and Wheaton College (Ill.).

These guest organists will perform on Olivet’s Ruffatti pipe organ. 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 concerts. For more information, call 815-939-5258.

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