'King of Instruments' Festival Begins Feb. 14

Feb. 12, 2010

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The 16th annual Midwinter Organ Conference, presented by the Baylor University School of Music, will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will feature concerts, lectures and master classes.

The annual festival was recently made permanent due to an endowment by retired U.S. Army Chaplain Robert Jones and his wife, Baylor University organist-in-residence Dr. Joyce Jones.

Beginning the festivities will be Music for the King of Instruments, presented by Jones' students in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. The Baylor University A Cappella Choir, directed by Dr. Alan Raines, will sing Love Divine, accompanied by Jones on organ at 6:30 p.m., in the Paul Powell Chapel in George W. Truett Seminary, 1300 S. University Parks Drive.

Additional Recitals:

• 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15: Jones will give a lecture and performance entitled the 18th-Century English Organ Concerto in the Markham Organ Studio in the McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave.

• 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15: Colin Howland, director of music and arts at Park Cities Presbyterian Church of Waco, and Lynda Fray, director of the church's Covenant Choir, will perform a concert in Powell Chapel at Truett Theological Seminary, 1300 S. University Parks Drive.

• 7:30 p.m. Feb 15: Chelsea Chen on organ accompanied by Lewis Wong on violin, will perform in Roxy Grove Hall located in Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave.

• 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Linton Powell will perform The Spanish Connection, a program featuring the music of Antonio de Cabezén and Francisco Correa in, the Markham Organ Studio in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave.

• 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Dr. Jason Farris, former student of Dr. Jones and organist of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, will perform The Organ Works by Hubert Parry in Roxy Grove Hall in Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave.

• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Stephen Tharp, guest organist, will close the festival in Jones Concert Hall located in McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave.

For more information contact J_Karen_Johnson@baylor.edu or at (254) 710-1417

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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