CELEBRATING 50 YEARS AS ORGANIST
By LORETTA FULTON
Larry Wolz will celebrate 50 years in church music, 38 of them at First Central Presbyterian Church, with an organ recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the church, 400 Orange St.
A reception will follow. The program, titled, “Fifty Years on the Organ Bench,” will include pieces by various composers, including one composition by Wolz, “Recessional on Hymn to Joy.” Wolz retired in 2015 as professor of music history at Hardin-Simmons University. He has been a member of the American Guild of Organists since 1974.
In the past 50 years, Wolz has held several church organist positions, including several in Abilene before taking the position at First Central Presbyterian in 1981. The organ that Wolz will perform on Sunday made its debut in early December 2018, with Wolz on the bench. The new organ was financed in part by a gift from an anonymous donor who stipulated that the gift honor Wolz.
P R O G R A M
NOEL GOEMANNE (1926-2010) Rejoice (1970)
WILBUR HELD (1914-2015) Flourish (1974)
GORDON YOUNG (1919-1998) Prelude in Classic Style (1966)
DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) Toccata in F major (BuxWV 157)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1684-1750) Chorale Prelude (BWV 668) “Vor deinen Thron tret ich” In grateful appreciation and loving memory of Mary Hall (1933-2018)
W. S. LLOYD WEBBER (1914-1982) Solemn Procession (1961)
“He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought”
EMMA LOU DIEMER (b. 1927) Hymn Setting: HE LEADETH ME (1951)
“Thee We Adore” (GG 495)
ALFRED V FEDAK (b. 1953) Variations on ADORO TE DEVOTE (1999)
“Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” (GG 529)
GERRE HANCOCK (1934-2012) Meditation on UNION SEMINARY (1998)
“’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”
JON SPONG (1933-2006) Affirmation on TRUST IN JESUS (1993)
“Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” (GG 611)
LARRY WOLZ (b. 1951) Recessional on HYMN TO JOY (1974)
GORDON YOUNG (1919 -1998) Jubilate (1985)
SOLI DEO GLORIA