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Concert celebrates 75th anniversary of organ, Nov. 15

"Sound, Sensation and Celebration," a concert marking the 75th anniversary of the organ in the University Chapel, is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

David Messineo, principal University organist since 2000, will perform music with historical significance to the organ.

The instrument was constructed and installed in 1928 by the Skinner Organ Co. of Boston. Over the years, various University organists have altered the 109 stops and 8,000 pipes to suit changing styles of performance. Messineo has called the Mander organ "one of the best in this part of the country."

His program on Nov. 15 will open with "Toccata, Adagio and Fugue" by J.S. Bach. It also will include music by Marcel Dupre, the noted French organist, who served as a consultant to Princeton on the original Skinner organ. Other works will be: "Pieces de fantaisie" by Louis Vierne, a piece dedicated to Alexander Russell, director of music at Princeton when the organ was installed, and Ernest Skinner, builder of the organ; "Fantasie Dialogue" by Leon Boellmann, which was on the program for the organ's first recital and demonstration on Oct. 13, 1928; and "O God Beyond All Praising" (Thaxted) by Gustav Holst, which will feature members of the Chapel Choir.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for students. For more information, contact Penna Rose , director of chapel music, at (609) 258-3654.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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