A lunchtime crowd of 100 enjoyed Day 3 of the 2017 Germanfest Organ Recital Tour on Wednesday at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church.
Dr. Geoffrey North presented music by Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach and Josef Rheinberger, including a second Bach work, “Toccata & Fugue in d.” North chose all German composers in keeping with the Germanfest week tour sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Adventures in the Musical Arts. Admission is free.
Thursday’s recital will be at 12:15 p.m. at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, with Michael Dulac, organist.
Friday’s recital will be at 12:15 p.m at Trinity Episcopal Church, with Wayne Peterson, organist.
Monday’s recital was held at First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Chelsea Vaught, organist. Tuesday’s recital was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Randy Wurshmidt, organist.
Wednesday’s program coincided with First Wayne Street’s Wednesdays on Wayne music series, which is presented at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday of June and October. The 30-minute recitals are free. A light luncheon follows each recital. Remaining programs are:
June 14 — Fort Wayne Philharmonic cellist Ed Stevens will perform music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, accompanied by North.
June 21 — Fort Wayne Philharmonic flautist and IPFW flute professor Vivianne Belanger will perform music by Gabriel Fauré and other French composers. She will be accompanied by North.
June 28 — IPFW voice professor Mark Stachovsky and classical guitarist Daniel Quinn will perform favorite selections from the classical repertoire.
North is the director of music ministries and organist at First Wayne Street U.M.C. He also is director of vocal music at Trine University, where he conducts the University Choir and teaches music appreciation. North also is the assistant director and accompanist of University Singers at IPFW, where he also teaches music theory and aural perception.