12:00am

Wed January 15, 2014
Happenings

Free Symphony/Pipe Organ Concert at First Centenary 1/16

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews First Centenary organist David Patton about the free concert on January 16th.

First Centenary United Methodist Church is hosting a concert featuring the Chattanooga Symphonic Orchestra, Dr. Walker Breland and David Patton on Thursday, January 16th at 7 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Early arrival is encouraged.

From a media release:

First-Centenary United Methodist Church is hosting an Organ Celebration Concert on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Organists Dr. Walker Breland (retired UTC professor of music and Organist Emeritus at First-Centenary) and David Patton (current First-Centenary organist) will be performing.

The Schantz organ at First-Centenary was upgraded and enlarged with work beginning in 1999.  A new console (3 manual keyboard) was installed, followed by a campaign to raise funds to add 18 additional ranks of pipes to the existing instrument (currently 60 ranks).  This concert is a celebration of the work which started15 years ago to expand and enhance this marvelous instrument.

The concert includes Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens (theme used in the movie "Babe the Pig").  David Patton will be the soloist with The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Jacob Harrison.