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Organ recital includes music of the season for Valentine's Day, Lent

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Well-known local organist and conductor Christopher Shaw will give the second “seasonal” organ recital of the school year in Bethel College’s Administration Building chapel.

Shaw has titled his Feb. 14 program “Love, Lent and Lament: A Valentine’s Day Organ Recital.” The performance is at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Selections in Shaw’s program are by 17th-century through contemporary composers. There will also be two hymn arrangements in which the audience will be asked to join in singing.

Selections include “Praeludium in E minor” by Nicholas Bruhns, Suite de deuxiéme ton by Louis-Nicolas Clerambault, “Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, O Herr” by Johann Ludwig Krebs, “Herzlich tut mich erfreuen, Opus 122, No. 4” by Johannes Brahms, two of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes, “Variations on a theme by Clément Janequin” by Jehan Alain and “A Song Without Words” and “Toccata on HYFRYDOL” by Craig Phillips.

Shaw will also play Three Lenten Pieces for Cello and Organ by Raymond Haan with guest musician Jonathan Wiebe, Prairie Village, on cello.

Russell Adrian, Hesston, will be the stop assistant.

Shaw is a graduate of Bethel College and Wichita State University, holding a bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a master’s degree in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting.

He has studied organ with Lynne Davis, Roseann Penner Kaufman, Shirley Sprunger King and Ken Rodgers, and piano with Karen Bauman Schlabaugh and Karen Andres.

Shaw currently teaches 7th and 8th grade choir at Hutchinson Middle School and serves as staff organist at Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita.

He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education and the American Guild of Organists, serving as dean on the executive board of the Wichita AGO chapter.

In addition to teaching and working as a church musician, Shaw is an active guest conductor and accompanist in central Kansas. He is currently guest-conducting the Reno County Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.

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