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

Sun., Nov. 24 (4pm): Christopher Houlihan will be the featured organist for this second of three concerts intended to showcase the church’s custom-built, spectacular new organ’s capabilities and glorious sounds which had 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 the Allegro movement from Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony No. 6; young American composer Patrick Greene’s Steel Symphony; Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue; “Carillon de Westminster” from 24 Pièces de Fantasie by Louis Vierne; and Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam.”

The New York Times has called this young American organist “gifted.” the Wall Street Journal has used the word “dazzling,” and the  Cincinnati Enquirer  has written that he is “one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists.” He made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony and recorded his first two CDs while still in college

The Distinguished Artist series will continue on April 27th, at 4 pm, with a recital by Hector Olivera, 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