Need a break? Drop by lunchtime recital series

Hear beautiful music and keep your keyboard crumb-free by visiting IU Auditorium in the upcoming months for a series of lunchtime organ recitals.

IU Auditorium organ

The IU Auditorium organ.

The series is sponsored by the Bloomington chapter of the American Guild of Organists, IU Jacobs School of Music and the auditorium. The free recitals are performed by Jacobs organ students.

“The noon recitals provide a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to enjoy a variety of fine music in the beautiful setting of the IU Auditorium and experience a unique instrument that is otherwise not often played,” said Aaron Sunstein, associate instructor in the Jacobs Organ Department. “We hope that many will come and enjoy this short opportunity for beauty and respite at the end of the week.”

All concerts last 30 minutes and begin at 12:15 p.m. Fridays.

The 2012-13 schedule:

  • Oct. 5: Organ Pops, a surprising selection of fun favorites
  • Nov. 30: William Bryant and Matthew Leone
  • Feb. 8: Chere Ko and Abby Chen
  • March 22: John Nothaft and Nicholas Quardokus
  • April 12: Kartika Putri and Chris Lynch

The 4,500-pipe Auditorium Organ was originally built as the Roosevelt organ in 1889 and installed in the Chicago Auditorium Theatre. In 1942, it was sold to Dr. William H. Barnes, who donated the organ to IU. It was rebuilt because of water damage in 1967 and underwent an extensive restoration project in 1999. The Auditorium Organ is most commonly played as a part of religious events, university ceremonies and Dennis James’ annual Halloween appearance.

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