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Organ performance to celebrate church homecoming

POSTED October 8, 2013 11:56 p.m.

On Sunday, St. Francis Episcopal Church will welcome featured organist David H. Douma.

Douma will be featured in a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church and he will also be the guest organist at the parish’s 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to attend both the morning liturgy and the afternoon recital.

Douma is Minister of Music and Organist of Saint Giles’ Episcopal Church, Moraga. A former resident of Stanislaus County, he was Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church, Turlock, from 1991 to 2000, and for 15 years prior to his ministry in Turlock he was Organist of College Avenue Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Modesto.

He will be performing unusual and seldom-heard works by Gaston Bélier, Michel Corrette, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Purvis, Félix-Alexandre Guilmant, Vicenzo Bellini, Robert Lau, Louis Vierne and Franz Liszt.

Saint Francis Parish’s unique 1952 Schoenstein pipe organ was rebuilt 13 years ago to specifications designed by Douma, and his recital is in celebration of the Episcopalians’ recent return to their church property.

The church is located at 915 E. Main St. in Turlock.

In the Oct. 5 edition of the Journal, the date of the organ liturgy and recital was incorrectly reported as being Oct. 6. In fact, David Douma will be performing at St. Francis Church on Oct. 13.

 

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