An inaugural recital will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, on the newly dedicated Cyril F. Rotter Memorial Organ in St. Mary’s Chapel at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 2260 Summit Ave.
The recital, by seminary liturgical music director Dr. David Jenkins, is free and open to the public.
Jenkins will perform “Praeludium in G Major” by Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697), “Partita on O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767,” and “Prelude and Fuge in C Major, BWV 547″ by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), “Prelude and Fuge in D-Sharp Minor, Opus 56″ by Otto Olsson (1879-1964) and selections from “24 Pièces en style libre” by Louis Vierne (1870-1937).
The much-anticipated 22-stop organ, built by the Noack Organ Company of Georgetown, Mass., was installed in the chapel in April and dedicated in May. It is the result or more than 10 years of planning by the seminary community.
The original organ installed in the chapel in the 1930s could not be repaired and had not been in use for many years. Since 1982 the seminary had been using a five-stop pipe organ until a full pipe organ could be purchased.
Named to honor the project’s major donor, Cyril Rotter of Minneapolis, the new instrument will support a variety of liturgical events, from daily worship for the seminary community to larger occasions.
The organ’s installation completes more than a decade of renovation for the chapel, built in 1905 and designed by Clarence Johnston in the basilica style of the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. For their redesign of the historic chapel, the architectural firm of Rafferty, Rafferty, Tollefson of St. Paul received an honor award from the Minnesota Society of the American Institute of Architects in 1990 and an International Design Award from the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture in 1991.
Inaugural organist Jenkins has degrees in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Iowa and the Eastman School of Music.
For more information about the concert, call (651) 962-5793.