Chattanooga Now Chattanooga Music Club presents free patriotic concert

Chattanooga Now Chattanooga Music Club presents free patriotic concert

June 22nd, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

If you go

› What: Chattanooga Music Club Patriotic Organ Concert

› Where: Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

› When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27

› Admission: Free, but donations accepted

› For more information: 423-529-0315.

Dr. John Schwandt, director of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, will be the featured organist for Tuesday's free community concert.

Dr. John Schwandt, director of the American Organ...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Dr. John D. Schwandt, nationally known organist, clinician and silent-film accompanist, will be the guest artist at the Chattanooga Music Club's annual patriotic organ concert on Tuesday, June 27, at Memorial Auditorium.

This free community concert begins at 7 p.m. As is tradition at its summer concerts, the CMC will open the show with a military salute, followed by the featured soloist's concert, then a silent-movie screening that the guest artist accompanies. Two silent films will be shown at Tuesday's event, "The City Slicker" and "We Faw Down."

The patriotic portion of the concert will include a posting of the colors, singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," salute to active military and veterans of each service branch and "Taps" played by David Nall.

After Margaret Abernathy sings "God Bless America," Schwandt will play a selection of pieces.

Schwandt is associate professor of organ and director of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma School of Music. He founded the American Organ Institute to preserve the unique American characteristics of the pipe organ.

The organist is an acclaimed performer and in demand as a clinician, recitalist, leader of hymn festivals, organ consultant and silent-film accompanist. Equally at home on either a classical or theatrical organ, he is known for his musical versatility and ability to engage audiences of all ages.

He served churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana as a parish musician, and was assistant professor of organ and curator of organs at Indiana University prior to his 2006 appointment in Oklahoma.

Concert seating is first-come, first-served. Although the concert is free, donations will be accepted for the ongoing maintenance of the auditorium's 1924 Austin pipe organ.

For more information: 423-529-0315.