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Organ concert, workshop at Dordt College

January 16, 2009


An all-Mendelssohn organ and piano concert will be presented Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Dordt College, Sioux Center. The theme was chosen in celebration of the 200th anniversary of composer Felix Mendelssohn.

Artist-in-Residence Dr. Robert Horton will perform, along with clarinetists Dr. Karen DeMol and Dr. Beverly Gibson. Horton holds a doctorate in organ performance from The University of Kansas and was assistant professor of music at Dordt College from 2005-’08. Horton’s organ awards include the Jordan International Competition prize, the Max Reger prize in the American Guild of Organists Young Artist Competition, and first place in the Mikhail Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia.

His Mendelssohn program includes Three Preludes and Fugues, Op. 27; Four Songs without Words, Op. 19, and the Allegro Brilliant for Piano Four-Hands, Op. 92, arranged for organ solo by Robert Horton. The program will conclude with the Concertpiece for Two Clarinets and Piano, Op. 113.

On Saturday morning Horton will present the third in his series of workshops for organists. Topics for this workshop are selecting registration and playing popular-style worship music on the organ. The workshop will be held at First Reformed Church of Sioux Center, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Admission to both events is free, courtesy of the Dordt College music department. Horton will also be presenting an Easter hymn festival at Dordt on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. For further information, contact the Music Department at Dordt College, 722-6221.

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