An organ concert by Dr. David Heller, an internationally acclaimed recitalist, will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 1002 First Ave. N.
Heller is a professor of music at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and university organist.
The free concert is open to the public, but a freewill offering will be accepted.
Heller, who will provide an afternoon and evening of organ music and instruction, is organist at the Margaret B. Parker Chapel at Trinity University, where he plays the largest organ in south Texas - the Hoffman/Ballard/Kegg four-manual instruction instrument, consisting of more than 6,000 pipes and 112 ranks.
He has been a feature recitalist both internationally and throughout the United States. Heller has received critical acclaim in journals, including "The American Organist," "American Record Review," and "Choir and Organ." He has appeared on both American Public Radio and National Public Radio.
His appearance in Fort Dodge will include a 1:30 p.m. class, "Communication, Sensitivity and Conviction" The Organist and Hymn Playing." The worskhop will addres hymn presentation and qualities essential for effective music in the church service. A $10 registration fee will be charged for attendance at the workshop. Light refreshments will be served.
A 7 p.m. recital will be in the sanctuary of the church and will include works of Guilmant, Bach, Barber, Vidor and Vierne. He will be performing on the 2007 renovated Austin/Rodgers Church Organ. The winded/digial instrument was dedicated in the fall of 2007 following design study and a financial support program which granted the church the opportunity to make the changes and revisions.
The Austin/Rodgers instrument contains 68 ranks with 53 speaking stops. Together with the Rodgers Voic Palette makes an additional 52 ranks with 44 speaking stops available. Its console consists of three manual divisions and pedal plus a floating solo division. It includes recording/playback capability as well as a MIDI system to capture hundreds of additional voices.
The concert is without charge and open to the public; a freewill offering will be asked. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet Heller will follow the evening's performance.
First United Methodist Church is at the corner of First Avenue North and 10th Street. For more information, contact Jim Metzger, First UMC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-4208.