Thomas Wikman

Seminary Hosts International Organ Festival

August 27, 2005 - Italian and German organists are featured in this fall's International Organ Festival at the Chicago Theological Seminary, beginning October 9.  The performing line-up for the four-week festival was announced today by Thomas Wikman, Organist and Artist-in-Residence at the seminary.

The festival will comprise four Sunday-afternoon concerts with four different artists performing on the seminary's prized Karl Wilhelm organ.  Free-will donations will be taken at each concert.

The artists include Wikman, Angelo Castaldo, organist/choirmaster of the Church of Volto Santo in Naples, Italy, Johannes Skudlik, organist of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Landsberg-am-Lech, Germany, and Richard Hoskins, organist/choirmaster of St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church, Chicago.

All concerts will begin at 4 p.m. in Graham Taylor Hall on the 2nd floor of the Chicago Theological Seminary at 5757 S. University Ave.  Each concert will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the seminary's beautiful cloister.

No ticket is needed.  The suggested concert donation is $10 to $20.

The seminary's brilliant Reneker Organ is a mechanical-action instrument built by Karl Wilhelm.  "It resembles organs built in Germany in the late 17th and early 18th centuries," said Wikman, "-- a period of organ building which has never been surpassed."

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