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Oct. 11, 2007 - Langenberg Organ Recital Series, sponsored by Hastings College and First Presbyterian Church
Dr. Joel Bacon, Ft. Collins, Colo., will perform in the second of four Langenberg Organ Recitals, Sunday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 621 N. Lincoln Ave., Hastings, Neb. This is the second year for the organ recital series.
The recital is free and open to the public. Following the recital, a light meal will be served in Fellowship Hall.
Bacon teaches at Colorado State University where he holds the newly established Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair in Organ and Liturgical Studies, the first endowed chair in the College of Liberal Arts. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
As a leading proponent of pre-college organ instruction, Bacon has led or taught at numerous internationally recognized summer courses for young people including: Vancouver, B.C.; Seattle, Wash.; Waco, Texas; New Haven, Conn.; Cambridge, England; and in Fort Collins. Bacon also serves as assistant organist at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins.
Bacon graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, with a degree in mathematics and organ performance. He completed an artist diploma in organ at the Konservtorium der Stadt, Vienna, Austria, and received a doctoral degree in historical musicology at the University of Vienna.
The Langenberg Organ Recital Series commemorates the 50-year anniversary of First Presbyterian Church’s Austin organ. Through the generosity of the Langenberg Music Endowment, a four-year organ enhancement/renovation project began in 2002.
The Langenberg Music Endowment was established in 2001 following the death of Luella Langenberg. The endowment provides for special needs of the church’s music program including the purchase of Steinway piano, honoraria for collegiate chancel choir section leaders, and for the purchase of Orff instruments.
The organ recital series is co-sponsored by the Hastings College Department of Music, the Hastings College Vocation and Values Program, and First Presbyterian Church.