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Concert celebrates 10th anniversary of Hartness Organ

C.B. Fisk Organ (Opus 121)
C.B. Fisk Organ (Opus 121)

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Furman University’s installation and dedication of the Hartness Organ (C.B. Fisk, Opus 121), Furman will present a recital Monday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus.

The recital is open to the public and features guest artists Dr. Timothy Olsen (organ) and Ms. Judith Saxton (trumpet).

Tickets for the Hartness Organ Series event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. A reception for Dr. Olsen and Ms. Saxton will be held following the recital in Daniel Chapel.

The evening’s program includes pieces by Claude Gervaise, Petr Eben, Phil Snedecor, Ted Oliver, Maurice Duruflé, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

The Hartness Organ was given in 2004 by the late Tom and Edna Hartness in honor of Bobby and Becky Berry Hartness.

For more information about the recital, contact the Furman University Music Department at (864) 294-2086. Tickets may be ordered by calling the same number, or purchased online at this link.

About Timothy Olsen

Dr. Timothy Olsen teaches a studio of high school, undergraduate, and graduate organ majors as the Kenan Professor of Organ at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Associate Professor of Organ at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C. Olsen also serves as Cantor at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, where he oversees the music program directing the adult choirs, playing for services, and directing a music staff of an assistant musician and a music intern. A graduate of Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) and the Eastman School of Music, Olsen enjoys a multi-faceted career in organ pedagogy, performance, and sacred music. Olsen is an avid proponent of 20th- and 21st-century music having premiered numerous compositions for organ and for organ/trumpet duo. He also enjoys performing baroque music on period instruments—both as a solo organist and as a continuo player.

About Judith Saxton

Judith Saxton enjoys a multi-faceted career as an international soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician and educator and has been lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist.” She is University of North Carolina School of the Arts Trumpet Artist/Faculty and has served as the Brass/Percussion Chair during her entire nine-year tenure. Saxton is currently featured Soloist and Principal Solo Cornet for the newly formed professional North Carolina Brass Band whose 2014 debut CD is “First in Flight.” She performs regularly with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Roanoke symphonies and an array of chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard. Saxton concertizes nationally with her colleagues Timothy Olsen (organ) and Allison Gagnon (piano) with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo CD “Concert and Contest Pieces for Trumpet,” issued worldwide by the International Trumpet Guild. In her 27-year career, she remains a sought-after soloist for many orchestras and bands in the US and abroad. Saxton is a graduate of Mansfield (Penn.) and Northwestern Universities.

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