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SNC:AGO Recital Series Organ & Choral Festival

  • Dr. Rando Grillot Recital Hall, Beam Music Center, UNLV (map)

The SNCAGO presents its final concert of the season, as part of its fourteenth annual concert recital series. The Organ & Choir festival will pair local choirs with organists and other featured instrumentalists, performing music composed for choral groups and organ. More than 50 vocalists and musicians are expected to perform. The free concert will be held on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 pm in the Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall in the Lee & Thomas Beam Music Center on the UNLV campus.

The Organ & Choir Festival will feature choirs from Joseph, Husband of Mary Catholic Church (under the direction of Joseph Cruz with organist Barbara Finn) and from Green Valley Presbyterian Church (under the direction of Kaymen Carter with organist Amy Homer Smith).

The Festival will celebrate both classical and sacred music by joining the sounds of the pipe organ with the human voice. In between choral groups, local organists will perform additional repertoire. These organists include Steve Wright (current dean of the SNCAGO and an organist at two local churches), Dorothy Riess (a retired physician and active professional recitalist), and Dr. Paul S. Hesselink (adjunct professor of organ at UNLV). Hesselink will perform with Coreen Levin, who served 24-years as an active duty oboist with the United States Air Force Band and is currently working on her doctorate in the musical arts program at UNLV.

Music selections will be performed on the Maurine Jackson Smith Memorial Organ. The instrument was built in 2004 by Rudolf von Beckerath Orgelblau of Hamburg, Germany, and is the largest mechanical action instrument in the state. It features 38 stops, 53 ranks, 3 manuals and almost 3,000 pipes.  

The concert is free to the public; no tickets are required. Free parking is available in the Cottage Grove parking garage or in Lot B on the UNLV campus. Dress is casual. For more information on getting to the concert, log on to https://sncago.org/getting-there

ABOUT THE SNCAGO: The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is an association of professional organists, choral conductors, musicians, teachers and enthusiasts and is part of the larger national organization, commonly called the AGO. The Southern Nevada Chapter has presented free fine arts programming to the Las Vegas community for more than 50 years. Its current recital series is in its fourteenth year and brings world class, international and American organists, as well as amazing, up-and-coming musicians to perform in Las Vegas. The recital series is supported in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.