First Baptist Organist Presents Lecture-Recital This Sunday

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ethan McGrath, organist at First Baptist Church, will present a lecture-recital this Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium at Southern Adventist University. 

How do composers think of ideas? What makes music endure the test of time? What has made Beethoven so famous? Local composer Ethan McGrath will explore questions such as these in a lecture-recital he has entitled "On Beethoven, Yosemite, and Pebble in a Creek." 

By way of illustration, he will perform piano works by Beethoven, Brahms and Grieg, as well as an obscure suite by Vaughan Williams. The recital will also feature two of his own choral works. The audience will have the chance to get involved during a question and answer segment and will be among the first to sing a new hymn tune he has composed. 

The program is free and open to the public. For directions or more information, contact Ethan McGrah at  883-9212 or

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