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April 4, 2008 - Langenberg Organ Recital Series, sponsored by Hastings College and First Presbyterian Church
Dr. Masako Nakamura Bacon, Lincoln, Neb., will perform in the fourth of four Langenberg Organ Recitals, Sunday, April 13, 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, associate director of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church, is organist and director of the handbell choirs. She also is an adjunct professor of organ at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She previously taught general music, college entrance music theory, and girls’ chorus at Hagoromogakuen Junior Senior High in Japan, and led tours to China, Poland, Australia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Austria.
A church organist since 1984, Bacon has given solo and duo organ recitals at churches and concert halls in Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo in Japan. She has also performed in Lincoln, Milwaukee, Wis., Oshkosh, Wis., and Evanston, Ill.
Bacon earned a bachelor of music degree in voice performance at Kobe College in Japan. She completed a master’s degree in church music (organ) at Concordia University, Mequon, Wis., and a doctoral degree in organ performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
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.