Thomas Wikman

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."

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