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Margaret Harper will play a recital in the Old Palatine Church on June 9.


Margaret Harper to play Old Palatine Church June 9

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - Updated: 7:28 PM

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The summer season opens at the Old Palatine Church Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. with concert organist, Margaret Harper, a doctoral student at Eastman School of Music. The Palatine Society opens its doors every summer with a series of three concerts that are open to the public.

Margaret Harper is a young woman quickly rising in classical organ circles. She has apprenticed in the organ-building workshop of Curtis Bobsin in Texas, is a member of the board of the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is coordinator of Rochester's Celebrity Organ Recital Series. Harper is an organist and choral director at Penfield United Methodist Church, East Rochester, and summer organist and choir director at Lake Delaware Boys Camp in Delhi, NY. There she performs on an 1876 Roosevelt organ still in its original condition.

Contemporary music is one of her special interests. She enjoys collaborating with composers and has premiered many new works as organist, harpsichordist, clarinetist and conductor. 

Harper will bring richness and warmth of sound out of the Robert S. Rowland organ built for the Old Palatine Church in 1978 at the organ builder's age 80. It was the last new organ of his career. 

Donations may be made toward concert expenses at the door. The church is located on Rt. 5 between St. Johnsville and Nelliston.


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