Seminary Hosts International Organ Festival
September 10, 2004 - Italian and Hungarian organists and a Halloween concert are features of this fall's International Organ Festival at
the Chicago Theological Seminary, beginning Oct. 17. The performing line-up for the three-week festival was
announced today by Thomas Wikman, Organist and Artist-in-Residence at the seminary.
The festival will comprise three Sunday-afternoon concerts with three different artists performing on the seminary's prized Karl Wilhelm organ. The final concert will be a Halloween program. Free-will donations will be taken at each concert.
The artists include Wikman, Italian organist Emanuele Cardi, and Istvan Ruppert of the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
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 $25.
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."