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Virtuoso Organist Concert Series at First Baptist Church Near Scott Circle

Sun., Apr. 19 (4pm): Adam Brākel will be featured organist in this Spring’s recital designed to showcase the glorious sounds of the church’s spectacular new instrument, custom-built for First Baptist and having its debut in September of 2013 (see report at http://tinyurl.com/lsk8k2l), 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. (For more information about this superlative organ, “A New ‘King of Instruments’ Coming to the Neighborhood; Organ Soon to be Heard,” InTowner, page 1 August 2013 issue PDF at http://tinyurl.com/pge8g45.)

APR - community(1stBaptist-AdamBrakel)At just 31 years of age and described by The American Organist magazine as “romantic and virtuosic,” Brākel, a graduate of Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, has won critical acclaim from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. His varied program will include, among other works, Étude Symphonique by Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925); Le Rappe! des Oiseux by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764); Variations on “Shenandoah” by Dick Hyman (b. 1927) as arranged for organ by Adam Brākel; J.S. Bach’s Trio Sonata 6 in G Major; Variations and Fugue on the English national anthem (America) by Max Reger (1873-1916)

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.