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Dueling clerics organ recital

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 23rd 2012 06:15 pm

On Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m., an organ recital given by Bishop William Franklin and the Rev. Earle King will take place at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 3587 Baseline Road, Grand Island.

The dueling clerics will prelude with the music of Antonio Soler and Johann Sebastian Bach, and the program will conclude with excerpts from the "Stations of the Cross" by Marcel Dupree.

The Rt. Rev. Franklin (eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Western New York) began piano lessons at age 6 and organ lessons at age 8. During his undergraduate years at Northwestern University, he studied organ with Grigg Fountain. His final "concert" was on the famous Flentrop organ at the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University. While teaching in Minnesota, he served for 10 years as organist at St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Cloud.

King has served as rector of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields since 1987. He received a bachelor of music degree in organ at the Eastman School of Music, and a master of music degree in organ at the University of Oklahoma. His teachers have included John Dixon, Paul Koch, Russell Sanders and Mildred Andrews Bogess. King has also served as assistant professor of Organ at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Both have recently performed at St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo.

The recital is a fund-raiser for St. Martin's "Journey to Adulthood (J2A)" youth program. In the past, the J2A youth have traveled on holy pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Mexico. This year, they will make their pilgrimage to Ireland.

There is no charge at the door, but a free will offering will be collected. Child care will be available, and a wine and cheese reception will follow. For more information, call 773-3335.

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