Advent Organ Recitals Continue This Week
The Cathedral Arts Series includes three organ recitals of Advent music on Thursdays at noon. Programs generally last about 45 minutes. Bring your lunch and enjoy a peaceful interlude in the Cathedral. The final recital by Mark Babcock will be this Thursday, December 18.
Mark A. Babcock, Chair of the Music Department and the Director of Choral Activities at Central College, Pella, Iowa, received a Bachelor's degree in music education from Central College and holds a Master's degree in choral conducting and organ performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. In addition, he has pursued doctoral studies in organ and choral conducting at the University of Iowa.
In addition to his work at Central College, Mr. Babcock has been the Dean of the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, was the chair for the AGO Region VI Convention held in June of 2011, served on the AGO National Council, is on the board of the Iowa Choral Directors Association, and is the Organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. He provides consultation, festival leadership and music training in a variety of settings.
Here is the program:
Three Variations on ‘Wachet Auf’
Theme and Four Variations on ‘Frue dich sehr, o meine Seele’
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
A Christmas Trilogy
- Ding Dong Merrily on High
- Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
- On This Day Earth Shall Ring
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Improvisation on ‘In Thee is Gladness’