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Cason will present Bach-themed program on chapel organ

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Well-known Wichita organist and church musician David Cason will give a “Bach-themed” program, Dec. 4 in Bethel College’s Administration Building chapel.

Cason’s program includes music by Bruhns, Buxtehude and de Grigny, in addition to J.S. Bach. The performance is at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

“J.S. Bach is the culmination of the Baroque era, especially of the Germanic organ tradition,” Cason said, “but his influences include music of his time from France. This program includes music that Bach knew well, and represents subtle themes from the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.”

Selections in the first half of the program are “Praeludium in E minor” by Nicholas Bruhns; the choral preludes “Canzonetta” and “Canzona” by Dietrich Buxtehude; and “Hymne: A solus ortis” in four short movements by Nicolas de Grigny.

The second half of the program is all Bach: the Schubler editions of the choral preludes “Meine Seele” and “Wachet auf”; “Pastorale” (four movements); and “Piece d’Orgue.”

David Cason is the organist at East Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita, where he has served since 2012. He has been active as a professional church musician for more than 35 years.

His performances include a series of annual concerts at Missouri United Methodist Church, Columbia, home of an Aeolian-Skinner organ. Recent performances include a February 2016 concert on East Heights’ Casavant organ.

Cason has a bachelor’s degree in music, organ performance, from the University of Kansas, where he studied with James Higdon. Continuing studies have been with Lynne Davis at Wichita State University and, currently, again with Higdon at KU.

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