Bahr Featured in TAMIU Sunday Recital Series Aug. 5

TAMIU’s Summer Sundays
Recital Series Concert Set for Aug. 5

Take in and indulge in an afternoon of music with the last of Texas A&M International University’s Summer Sundays Recital Series Concerts on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Fredrick Bahr will perform music by Alan Viner, Herbert Howells, Johann Gottfried Walther, Juan Bautista José Cabanilles, César Franck, Ramón Noble and Edward Cuthbert Bairstow on the Sharkey-Corrigan Organ. Charles Kegg, baritone, will join Bahr with selections from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”

Bahr says he cannot remember a time when he did not want to play the organ. He grew up in a musical family and took piano and music theory lessons when he was five years old, followed by violin and cello lessons. But it was the pipe organ that captured his heart before he could speak and continues to dominate his life. He has actively led congregations in worship through music for nearly 40 years.

He is employed as a voicer and draftsman for Kegg Pipe Organ Builders in Harville, Ohio, where he worked closely with Charles Kegg in designing and building the Sharkey-Corrigan Organ.

Kegg, president of Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, has been interested in pipe organs since he was 11 years old. After studying architecture and mechanical engineering, he founded the Kegg Pipe Organ Builders in 1985. In addition to his organ work, Kegg is a talented baritone and has performed in several church choirs and as guest soloist for many groups in the northeast Ohio area. He has also appeared in many productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, Sondheim, Rogers and Hammerstein and others.

The Sharkey-Corrigan Organ made its bow a year ago and has been featured in many concerts and performances.

Over three years in the making, the $1.2 million Organ is a gift of the E. H. Corrigan Foundation.

The Organ has 3,998 pipes arranged in 69 sets or rants and 52 stops. It has four keyboards and its pipes are placed in three locations. The largest pipes are made of zinc, but most of the pipes are made of alloys of tin and lead. Three sets of wood pipes are made of popular, basswood and pine. The total weight of the Organ is approximately 35,000 pounds.

For more information, please contact Bede Leyendecker, TAMIU department of fine and performing arts interim chair, at 326.2625, e-mail bleyendecker@tamiu.edu or visit office in CFPA 217C.

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