First Thursday noontime recital series returns on Thursday in Delaware


The First Thursday Noontime Organ Recital Series, sponsored by Asbury United Methodist Church, will resume on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The series presents 30-minute organ recitals, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., performed by area organists in the Asbury sanctuary.

For each recital, tables are set and beverages provided in the adjoining Great Room so that those who wish may enjoy lunch during the recital. There is no admission charge.

Joseph Musser, organist at First Presbyterian Church, will be the October soloist.

Musser is recently retired from his position as professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has served as organist at First Presbyterian for 30 years.

An accomplished composer, Musser’s compositions include organ chorales and partitas; anthems; a cello sonata; several trios for flute, bassoon and piano; a duo for horn and cello; a recorder quartet; and processionals for organ and brass quintet, written for the inauguration of Rock Jones as OWU’s president in 2008.

For his Asbury recital, Musser will play works by Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), Calvin Hampton (1938-1984), and one of his own compositions, “Namdaemun Celebration.” This composition was written to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Namdaemun Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea, which traces its founding to Horace Allen, a medical missionary from Delaware and an Ohio Wesleyan graduate (1881).

For more information, call the Asbury office at 740-363-3611. Asbury UMC is located at 55 W. Lincoln Ave. The church is handicap accessible from its rear parking entrance.

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Information for this story was provided by Asbury United Methodist Church.

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