Organist Returns From Europe For Baylor Concert

Nov. 14, 2003

by Richard Veit

Baylor University graduate Joel Bacon will present an alumni organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the Paul W. Powell Chapel at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Bacon will perform the second recital during the inaugural season of the new Carter Family Organ.

The program will open with Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 and the "Gloria" from François Couperin's Messe pour les couvents.

Bacon also will perform César Franck's Chorale No. 3 in A minor, Berceuse and Naïdes by Louis Vierne and Toccata by contemporary American composer Stephen Paulus.

Bacon holds bachelor's degrees in math and music and a master's degree from Baylor, where he was a student of Dr. Joyce Jones. He also earned the artist diploma from the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, where he studied with Michael Gailit. He is completing his doctorate in musicology at the Universität fnr Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

Bacon has a growing reputation as a performer, teacher and scholar in North America and Europe. He has performed in recitals across Germany, Austria and the United States, and his performances have been broadcast on Austrian Radio and Public Radio International. He has taught at the prestigious Oundle International Festival in the United Kingdom and at organ courses in the U.S. and Canada, and lectured at Leeds and Wesleyan universities and the Konservatorium in Vienna. He also has recorded an album of music for viola and organ with the principal violist of the Munich Philharmonic.

A resident of Munich, Bacon serves as assistant organist at St. Thomas Church and has served frequently as guest organist at the Augustinerkirche in Vienna.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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