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Lorenz Maycher, organ and classical piano instructor at Lafayette, will give a concert 8 p.m. Monday in Colton Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance will feature a variety of styles, he notes.

“I’m hoping there is something in it for everyone. I’m doing Baroque, Romantic, and 20th century music, all of which fits the Colton Chapel organ very nicely,” Maycher says.

The program will open with “Final (Symphony #3 Op. 28)” by Louis Vierne followed by Georg Philipp Telemann’s “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star.” Other selections include Fugue in D Minor and Trio Sonata #1 in E-flat Major (“Allegro, Adagio, Allegro”) by J.S. Bach, The Cuckoo by Louis-Claude Daquin, A Fancy Sketch by Charles Joseph Frost, and Prelude on “Iam sol recedit igneus” by Bruce Simonds. The recital will conclude with Leo Sowerby’s Whimsical Variations and Chorale #3 in A Minor by Cesar Franck

Maycher says that the concert provides him with an opportunity to highlight the organ and prepare for a recording he will do in June.

“I am hoping it will help promote the organ at Colton Chapel. A lot of people walk by the chapel every day, but I doubt many realize there is this magnificent pipe organ sitting there in the balcony,” he says. “I have two new organ students at Lafayette this year, so the organ is getting used for practice and lessons more than it has in the recent past, which is good for it, and we’re all enjoying it, too.”

“It would be wonderful to have more students interested in the organ, and perhaps this recital will help generate some interest,” he adds.

Last year, Maycher released a CD, The Aeolian-Skinner Sound, on the Raven label. His most recent venture is the founding of Vermont Organ Academy, a company that produces recordings of new material and releases historic recordings of legendary masters, and features historic documents, photos, articles, and interviews on its web site.

Maycher is organist-choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem. He teaches organ and piano at Lafayette, piano at Moravian College, and is assistant director of music at DeSales University. He was organist at the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City, for 10 years.

While a student at Rice University, Maycher won the Gibbons Prize in organ, placed first in the San Antonio Pipe Organ Competition, and won the Houston AGO’s Mary Ellen Bond Award. In 1989, he was a featured recitalist at the Organ Historical Society national convention held in New Orleans. He has since been invited to play for seven OHS national conventions and was recipient of an OHS E. Power Biggs Fellowship. He has played over 50 recitals on the 1830 Appleton organ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has appeared in recital in such places as Wichita State University, Rollins College, Irvine Auditorium (University of Pennsylvania), and Philadelphia’s Lord and Taylor Department Store (on the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ).

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