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Distinguished Artist Recital Series Concert at First Baptist Church Near Scott Circle

Sun., Oct. 20 (4pm): Organist Ken Cowan will open this special series of recitals intended to showcase the organ’s capabilities and glorious sounds performing on the church’s spectacular new instrument, custom-built for First Baptist and having its debut on September 15th (see report at, containing 6,000 pipes in four chambers and two trumpets en chamade and a five-manual with 229 stops console allowing for a wide variety of sound combinations. (See also, “A New ‘King of Instruments’ Coming to the Neighborhood; Organ Soon to be Heard,” InTowner, page 1 August 2013 issue PDF at

The program will include Bach’s Toccata in E major; “Pastorale” by Roger-Ducasse; “Beelzebub’s Laugh” by Rachel Laurin; Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1 as arranged by Cowan; and Fantasy on “Wachet Auf” by Max Reger.

Cowan is Associate <Professor> and head of the organ program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. He previously served as Associate <Professor> of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., and as Associate Organist and Artist in Residence at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.

The Distinguished Artist series will continue on November 24th, at 4 pm, with a recital by Christopher Houlihan, co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Admission is free; contributions will be accepted. Valet parking will be available at the 16th and O Streets entrance to the sanctuary. For more information call 387-2206