Titled "Spectacular Organ Events," the international day of celebration of the organ is a focal point of the International Year of the Organ Celebration. Designated by the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in June 2008, music organizations throughout the world were invited to join the celebration, which will conclude with the AGO Regional Conventions in the summer of 2009.
Taking nearly three years to complete the project, the new organ at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lookout Mountain, Tenn., consists of 49 ranks (or sets of pipes), with 12 ranks making up the new Chancel division. The instrument contains more than 2,800 individual pipes.
Faber's program includes a Bach triptych, three pieces by women composers, "Homage ŕ Frescobaldi, VIII. Epilogue" by Langlais, played only by the feet and a piece by Robert Hobby, Wittenberg class of 1985. The recital will conclude with "Dieu Parmi Nous" (God Among Us), by Olivier Messiaen, extraordinarily powerful, the piece depicts the Incarnation, the Word made flesh Who dwells among us. It is known as one of the hardest in all organ literature.
A reception will follow the performance in Talbird Hall. Even if they are not members of the church, Wittenberg alumni living in the area are invited to attend.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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