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THUNDER BAY, ON - March 23, 2010 - This Sunday, a traditional Lenten recital will be Sara-Kim Morangiven at St. Paul’s United Church in Thunder Bay. Organists Susan Marrier and Bert Rowson will be providing an afternoon of contemplative music suitable for Lenten reflections.

Organists like playing Lenten recitals since the occasion calls for quieter and less dramatic organ music. It shows off the quieter side of the King of Instruments. There is plenty of repertoire to choose from, and because it is organ music most people will not have heard of the composers.

Organist Bert Rowson will open the recital with three Choral Preludes by a cousin of J.S. Bach. Johann Gottfried Walter is best known for his treatises on music performance during Bach’s time than for his actual compositions, so hearing his music at any time is a rarity. The programming will move ahead by two hundred or more years to George Oldroyd, who was a composer and organist in an English Cathedral he is so obscure that he is difficult to research, but his music based loosely on old Gregorian themes woven into his post romantic organ music is perfect for a Lenten recital.

Featured guest in this recital is soprano Sara-Kim Moran (shown above), who will sing the beautiful aria “Pie Jesu” from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

Well known organist and teacher of the organ Susan Marrier will perform a set of three Chorale preludes by Johannes Brahms to conclude the program. The recital is sponsored by St. Paul’s Creative Circle, and the recital is a benefit for the church. Donations over $10.00 will be tax receipted. Sunday afternoon recital begins at 3:00 p.m. March 28th.

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