Organ recital set tonight at Naval Academy Chapel Singers, spooky lighting, special effects planned

October 31, 1997|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"This can only be the devil or Bach himself," announced one of J. S. Bach's fellow organists listening in amazement as the great composer and keyboard artist put the king of instruments through its paces one day.

It won't be Bach or the devil at the keyboards at the Naval Academy Chapel tonight, but Monte Maxwell pulling out all stops for his rendition of Bach's powerful toccata and fugue in D-minor.

Maxwell, organist at the Academy since February, will also perform a transcription of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings," selections from film scores and "Phantom of the Opera" and other Broadway shows. The recital begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

He will be joined by a complement of singers, and there will be spooky lighting and special effects.

"It's not your average organ recital," Maxwell says.

A graduate of Texas Christian University, Maxwell received an artist's diploma from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute, then attended the Juilliard School in New York City.

He looks forward to his stint at the Naval Academy Chapel and its 110-rank Moeller instrument.

"What a great place this is to play," he says. "It's been delightful working with the midshipmen, and I'm thoroughly enjoying myself."

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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