Stephen Schnurr to perform for Roosevelt series

Submitted photoStephen Schnurr will perform Wednesday during the Roosevelt pipe organ concert series. 

MICHIGAN CITY — The Roosevelt pipe organ series continues Wednesday with Stephen Schnurr at the organ. Seating is at noon, with the concert beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Schnurr has been director of music for Saint Paul Catholic Church, Valparaiso, since 1990. He has led the church’s adult choir on tours of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, with performances in Rome, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and Vienna, including a performance for Saint John Paul, II. In 2017, his middle school choir made a pilgrimage to Rome, where they sang for New Year’s Day Mass with Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Basilica. 

Stephen is also editor of “The Diapason,” an international monthly journal devoted to the organ, carillon, harpsichord, and choral music. He has also published “Organs of Oberlin,” a book chronicling the instruments of Oberlin Conservatory and the town of Oberlin, Ohio, and the “Pipe Organs of Chicago,” a two-volume organ atlas of metropolitan Chicago (written with Dennis Northway).

Each week a concert is held at Christ Church, 531 Washington St., Michigan City. This building is the former home of the First Congregational Church, with trustees Ann and George Dobie organizing and presenting the programs.

Other organists of the summer series includes, Mark Sudeith, Kent Jager, Matt Gerhard, Michael Soto, and others. Of note, the Aug. 14 recital features a young boy from Warsaw, Poland.

Organizers say the old brick building, with stained glass windows, and the original wooden pews is a perfect setting for a quiet and enjoyable afternoon listening to pipe organ music, played by top artists of the area. Please note that the building is air-conditioned.

Call Ann Dobie (219) 608-5358 for further information.

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