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Don Pearson – August 1, 2014

J. S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565; Six Schubler Chorale Preludes, BWV 645–650; Concerto in A minor, BWV 593; Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 282; Notebook for Anna; Fugue in E-flat, ‘St. Anne, BWV 552; Fugue in G minor, BWV 578; Fugue in G major, BWV 577; and Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542A meeting of an exciting organ, a great Bach player, and the music of the greatest composer to have lived, this performance is an exciting opportunity to hear some of the most beloved works written by Bach in one concert. Don Pearson has played Bach across the country, began the annual Bach Birthday Organ Concert at St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, and was Founder and from 2000–2003 Music Director of the Denver Bach Society. Taking 9 thick volumes to print, the organ music of Bach is some of the most dramatic, passionate, and exciting music ever written. Old First Churchs organ is a 1995 Visscher Associates, Op. 6, which includes the 1920 George Hutching Organ, Op. 1979. It has the colors and powers demanded by the Bach works and can take the listener back to the time and type of organ Bach originally used to write these works. Perfectly located at the front of a room with the perfect acoustics for music, it is a perfect example of why the organ is called the “King of Instruments”. This concert will be a sampling of some of Bachs most beloved works for organ, appealing to an audience of every age and range of experience; youll be humming the themes long after the concert is finished.

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