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."