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Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Organ Dedication Week tickets now for sale

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College will inaugurate its new pipe organ, the Opus 41, with a series of concerts in the Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall between May 1 and 8, 2005.

Tickets for all events during Organ Dedication Week are now on sale at the Goshen College Welcome Center by calling (574) 535-7566. Since limited seating is available, it is advised to purchase tickets early.

The organ will be formally dedicated during a service in Rieth Recital Hall on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m., and the inaugural concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., featuring University of Notre Dame Professor of Organ Craig Cramer.

The Opus 41 organ, made by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Va., is based upon 18th century North German models. It features more than 1,600 pipes, and a case of carved solid white oak. The key and stop action are mechanical (tracker), with two manuals and a straight and flat pedalboard.

The Goshen College pipe organ is also the first full-sized organ to be tuned the way Bach preferred since the 18th century, as recently discovered by 1986 Goshen College graduate Bradley Lehman, of Dayton, Va.

Events during Organ Dedication Week include:

Sunday, May 1, 2005 – Organ Dedication Service. 3 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. Free and open to the public; due to limited seating, tickets are required.

Sunday, May 1, 2005 – Organ Dedication Concert, featuring University of Notre Dame Professor of Organ Craig Cramer. 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets $10 adults, $5 seniors/students.

Tuesday, May 3, 2005– Duo-organ concert, featuring GC professor Christine Thögersen and Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) instructor of organ Roseann Penner Kaufman. 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets $5 adults, $3 seniors/students. GC students admitted free with valid ID.

Thursday, May 5, 2005– “This Organ’s Distinctive Tuning,” a lecture/demonstration by Bradley Lehman. 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets $5 adults, $3 seniors/students. GC students admitted free with valid ID.

Friday, May 6, 2005 – Organ concert, featuring GC alumnus Mark Herris. 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets $5 adults, $3 seniors/students. GC students admitted free with valid ID.

Sunday, May 8 – The St. Joseph Valley Camerata, with Christine Thögersen, organ. Directed by David Seitz. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets $10 adults, $5 seniors/students. GC students admitted free with valid ID.

View photos from the organ installation.

Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit http://www.goshen.edu/.

Editors: For more information, contact News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.

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