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Charles Tompkins in Concert Oct. 2

First Baptist Church Greenville
Dr. Charles Tompkins
Dr. Charles Tompkins

Furman University Professor of Organ Charles Boyd Tompkins will present a faculty recital at Greenville’s First Baptist Church Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is presented as a tribute to the late Sherwood A. Mobley (1956-2016), former Principal Timpanist and Executive Director of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and longtime member of First Baptist Church.

The recital also features Furman Professor of Percussion Omar Carmenates.

The program includes solo organ works by Franck and Dupré, as well as  “A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun” by the contemporary American composer Blake Tyson (for solo marimba) and “Meditation” from 20th century American composer Paul Creston’s Concerto for Marimba (marimba and organ). Opening the recital will be a festive composition for organ, brass, and timpani, “Praise the Lord With Drums and Cymbals,” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1931).

The organ at First Baptist Church, the largest in South Carolina, was built in 1984 by Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. With four keyboards and over 4800 pipes, the instrument is an ideal vehicle both for the great solo organ repertory from all periods, as well as for accompanying and chamber works.

First Baptist Church is located at 847 Cleveland St., at the corner of Faris Rd. For more information, contact the Furman Music office at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at


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