Organists will introduce area's first Schoenstein

May 30, 2002|By Tim Smith

Organists and lovers of organ music hold the name Schoenstein in high regard. The San Francisco-based Schoenstein Co. is one of the world's leading organ builders, so every new instrument generates interest.

The Baltimore area just got its first Schoenstein pipe organ, custom-designed to fit the acoustical and architectural environment of Towson Presbyterian Church.

This weekend, the public is invited to get an earful of the new organ, with its 42 ranks and 2,000-plus pipes, in a concert featuring four musicians from around the region. Randall Mullin, organist-choirmaster at St. David's Episcopal Church, will play a fugue by Dietrich Buxtehude, Leo Sowerby's Requiescat in pace and Johannes Matthias Michel's jazzy Organ, Timbrel and Dance.

A work by Healey Willan will be performed by Bruce Eicher, director of music and organist at Grace United Methodist Church. Marvin Mills, associate minister of music at the National City Christian Church in Washington, has chosen works by Max Reger and Ralph Simpson. Seoyoung Cho, a doctoral candidate at Peabody Conservatory, completes the lineup with music by William Albright and Jean Langlais.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. There will be a free-will offering. For more information, call 410-823-6500.

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