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Series celebrates Widor and organ reopening, March 15-16

A series of organ concerts honoring the work of Charles Marie Widor is planned for Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, at the University Chapel . "Widor -- Beyond the Toccata" will begin with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday. Performances and a lecture on Saturday will run from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Featured organists will include David Messineo, principal University organist; Daniel Roth, titular of St. Sulpice in Paris; Gordon Turk of Ocean Grove Auditorium in Ocean Grove, N.J.; and Johannes Unger, winner of the St. Albans International Organ Festival competition. The lecture will be given by John Near, author of the 10-volume work, "Symphonies for Organ by Charles Marie Widor," and professor of music at Principia College in Illinois.

The event is sponsored by the chapel music office and will mark the recent reopening of the Mander/Skinner Organ. First installed in 1928, the organ had been sealed off since a chapel restoration project began in February 2000.

Widor, a French organist, was the first to compose great symphonies for the organ. His works also include orchestral and choral pieces as well as chamber music. Widor was a professor of organ at the Paris Conservatory, instructing pupils such as Albert Schweitzer, and was also the organist at St. Sulpice in Paris for 64 years.

Admission to individual events is $10, or $25 for all events. Students are admitted free.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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