Joyce Jones Celebrates Anniversary of McLane Organ

Nov. 5, 1998

by Richard Veit

Joyce Jones, Baylor University's Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music and Organist-in-Residence, will play the fifth-anniversary recital of the McLane Organ in Jones Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Built by Petty-Madden and given through the generosity of the Drayton McLane family of Temple, the 92-rank, four-manual organ is the largest pipe organ between Dallas and Austin. "The McLane Organ has proven to be a versatile instrument and an invaluable addition to the School of Music," said Jones. "It is equally wonderful as an instrument to accompany the excellent Baylor choirs as well as a solo instrument."

The program will include several pieces including Charles Ives's "Variations on 'America'" and Leo Sowerby's showpiece for pedals, "Pageant." The program also will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles-Marie Widor. Jones will be joined by David Jackson, assistant professor of trombone, in the "Duet for Trombone and Organ" by Gustav Holst.

Jones, an internationally known concert organist, has recently returned from concerts in Italy. Earlier this year, she received the Award of Merit, the highest honor given by Mu Phi International Music Fraternity, as only the 8th recipient of that award in its 96-year history. She also received a National Citation from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

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

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