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LYNCHBURG, Virginia - April 5, 2017. World renown concert organist Dr. Carol Williams is producing the first “Lynchburg International Organ Festival” to be held at Court Street United Methodist Church on their three manual Schantz organ, 621 Court Street in Lynchburg. May 13 will kick off the 2017 season series with an Open House reception to meet and greet Carol and hear her perform. Other performers of the Festival are Diane Bish, Isabelle Demers and a silent movie night with Atlantic City’s Board Walk Hall organist Steven Ball.

The Festival is sponsored by the Court Street United Methodist Church and runs May 13 through August 16 and will included a Musical Salute to our Veterans on May 28th. For details contact Court Street United Methodist Church 9-2pm Monday-Friday 434-845-3427.

British born composer and concert organist, Carol Williams is Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society in San Diego and Artist in Residence at Court Street United Methodist Church in Lynchburg. Since 2001 Dr. Williams has produced the largest Organ Festival in North America at the Spreckels Organ in San Diego and now she and her husband have relocated to Lynchburg with their 2 horses, a donkey, Dietrich the dog and George the goose.

Five year old Carol growing up in England, she could read music before English. Williams began her training at the Royal Academy of Music. Awarded all major prizes for organ. Became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, a Fellow of Trinity College London, and an Associate of the Royal College of Music. Carol studied in Paris with Daniel Roth at St. Sulpice, Paris. In 1995 Williams moved to the US and undertook postgraduate studies at Yale University with Professor Thomas Murray, appointed Chapel Organist and awarded an Artist Diploma (AD) and the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. Became an Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Long Island's Garden City. Earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Professor McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music and received the Helen Cohn award for her D.M.A. From 2001-2016 Carol was the first woman in the world to hold a Civic Organist position, the Civc Organist of the City of San Diego on their largest outdoor pipe organ in the world. While concertizing the globe, she hosts the documentary series “TourBus” to the Large & Small, Famous & Unique pipe organs of the world and, a YouTube series “On The Bench with Dr. Carol” interviewing world renown musicians. Williams' performances are received with rock star enthusiasm. On Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: @DrCarolWilliams

Tour Bach’s Organ World, July 17-28

Noted organist Lee Ridgway leads this year’s tour to cities and organs with connections to J. S. Bach, as well as other organs of historic importance. The tour is centered around Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin, with day trips to Naumburg, Halle, Altenburg, Störmthal, Wittenberg, and Tangermünde. Organs include instruments by Silbermann, Scherer, Ladegast, and Sauer. Of particular importance are organs by Hildebrant and Trost which Bach played and knew well.

The tour, of which this is the 5th edition, originated with Quentin and Mary Murrell Faulkner, who had to withdraw for personal reasons. They asked Lee to take over the tour in their stead. Lee participated in two previous tours, and has extesnive experience with historic organs, including those on the tour.

Time is built into the schedule for organists to play the instruments, as well as hear about their history and restoration. But the tour is not only for organists! It is for anyone interested in historic cities, churches, and organs, and anyone interested in seeing the magnificent attractions of eastern Germany reborn since reunification. Plenty of time is in the schedule for sightseeing.

The well-organised tour includes stays in 4-star hotels, most meals, and travel by deluxe motorcoach. Accompanying the tour is English-speaking German guide, Lothar Mohlmann, who also assisted with the previous four tours.

For full details on the tour, see the Concept Tours web site at: http://www.concept-tours.com/tours/cultural-group-individual/

Also contact Lee directly with your questions: ridgway@mit.edu

Summer@Eastman proudly introduces a new study abroad course this summer: the French Language and Music Academy. Join us for four weeks of French language instruction and chamber music study in one of Canada's most beautiful cities! June 5-30, 2017; visit http://summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/montreal/ for details. Application deadline: February 1, 2017.


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