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Monday, December 3, 2012

Pitt-Bradford to Offer Advent Organ Recital

Organist and Port Allegany native Dr. Carl Klein will play an advent recital on the Sarah B. Dorn Organ at noon on Friday, December 7, in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel. The recital is free and open to the public.

Selections include favorites of the season such as “Greensleeves,” J.S. Bach’s “Pastorale” and a setting of “Veni Emmanuel” written by Klein.

Klein has served as the director of music at The Episcopal Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban, Mass., since 1999, where he plays the organ and directs a mixed choir of seven professionals and 10 volunteers. Previously, he was director of music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tampa, Fla., from 1991 to 1997.

Klein has given numerous recitals on both coasts in this country and in England and Ireland. He studied with W. Kent Hill at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, and with David Craighead at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he earned both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.

Klein has composed many descants, hymn harmonizations and chorale preludes and currently serves the Boston chapter of the American Guild of Organists as treasurer for the Organ Library at Boston University and for the 2014 national convention.

He and his wife, Sarah, and their two children live near Boston. The Dorn Organ was constructed by the Schantz Organ Company in Orrville, Ohio. It consists of 17 ranks with 1,020 pipes and was custom-built for the Wick Chapel.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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