Composer Robert J. Powell presents recital at Holy Cross Episcopal Church

Published 2:03 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Holy Cross Episcopal Church will present Robert J. Powell, organist and composer, in a lecture recital on Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m.

Having composed more than 300 works for chorus, solo, organ, handbells and instrumental ensembles, Powell is one of the most well known and respected of American church music composers today. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, he has received the Standard Music Award from ASCAP for the past 35 years.

In addition to two of his own compositions, Powell’s program will include works by J. S. Bach, Herbert Howells, Buxtehude, Karg-Elert and others. Powell will also share with the audience a glimpse of what inspires the writing of a musical composition and how the musical composition process evolves.

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Powell will perform on Holy Cross’s 43 rank organ, rebuilt by The John Dower Company in 1994-1995. This recital is made possible by the William E. Seifert Memorial Organ Recital Fund. Holy Cross Episcopal Church is located at 150 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, NC 28782.

For more information, call Susie Mahnke at 864-982-1014.