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MGS Presents Organ Festival 2021 #2

MGS closes the 30th Anniversary season with a celebration that goes back to our roots!  Formed as an organ series, MGS has always featured the most exciting organists of our day, and will finish off the season with a 3 week Organ Festival featuring multiple performers and instruments.

The performances will take place April 9, 16, and 23rd at 7:30pm.

Organists and Organs to be featured on April 16:

William Allred - Walker Organ at St. Francis Episcopal Church
Andrew O'Connor - Kleuker Organ at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

These concerts are sponsored by the generosity of Christopher C. and Laura B. Tew and by the Ingram Memorial Fund.

Organ Festival 2021 Concert #2: William Allred and Andrew O'Connor, Organ

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 7:30 pm
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Program

William Allred Program

  • Reverie William Grant Still 1895-1978
  • Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, op. 37, no. 1 Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847

Andrew O'Connor Program

  • Voluntary 1 in D Major William Boyce 1711-1779
  • Organ Concerto in G Major after Johann Ernst Prinz von Sachsen Weimar BWV 592 J.S. Bach 1685-1750

    Allegro
    Largo
    Presto

  • Fantasia on REGINA COELI - The Marian Antiphon for Eastertide Andrew O'Connor b. 1988

Program subject to change at the discretion of the artist(s).


William Allred studied organ at Westminster Choir College with Donald MacDonald and at Indiana University with Larry Smith. He received his doctorate in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Locally, Johnny Bradburn, Bobby King, and André Lash were his teachers. Allred directs the Burlington Boys Choir, is the Organist-Choir Director at Guilford Park Presbyterian in Greensboro, a past Dean of the local Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and volunteers at Friends Homes Guilford, directing the Resident’s Handbell Choir.

Andrew O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and looks forward to pursuing the Master of Music in Choral Conducting within a few years. Currently, Mr. O’Connor is the Organist and Director of Music at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church where he plays the wonderful Detlef Kleuker organ around the clock. The music program at Our Lady of Grace has grown steadily under Mr. O’Connor’s direction. Andrew served as organist at OLG during his high school days and was pleased to return full time at the culmination of his degree in 2012. GreensboroAs an organist, in addition to playing the great masterworks, Andrew enjoys improvising on the Gregorian Chant Propers of the Mass. As a composer, Mr. O’Connor enjoys composing psalms used in the Liturgy, and composing settings of the Mass Ordinary. Equally comfortable in performance, Andrew is well known in churches throughout the Diocese of Charlotte and as an accompanist in the Greensboro area. Andrew has played organ dedication recitals in the area, including the Johannus American Classic organ at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church right here in Greensboro.