Luther College to host organ scholar John Keys Sept. 13

Organ scholar and honorary fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians, John Keys, will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The concert is presented as Luther's Annual Benefactor's Organ Recital, featuring outstanding artists of international caliber performing on the Robert Sipe mechanical action organ. The intent of the concert, sponsored through the Kathryn Ulvilden Moen '41 Organ Fund and the William B. Kuhlman Endowment for Organ Performance, is to provide a performance from an inspirational role model for current and prospective students who wish to pursue organ study at Luther.

Keys will perform works by Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Caspar Kerll, Abraham van der Kerckhoven, Georg Muffat, Bach, Georg Böhm, Jehan Alain and Lionel Rogg.

Keys has been the director of music at St. Mary's Church in Nottingham, England, since 1984. Along with his passion for music in the church, he is a known independent organist, continuo player, accompanist and conductor, playing across Europe and Australia. He is the organist at Nottingham University and a trustee for the Binns organ in Albert Hall in Nottingham.

After studying organ playing at the Royal College for Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Keys was assistant organist at Chester Cathedral church for nearly three years before going to New College at Oxford as an organ scholar. After graduating, he completed his organ studies at Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Geneva, aided by grants from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the British Council.

Keys won first prize in the Fourth Manchester International Organ Competition and has served as president of the Nottingham and District Society of Organists.

Keys' work has appeared on Radio Suisse Romande, Télévision Suisse Romand, Netherlands Radio, Radio France and BBC, and he has had several CDs produced containing more than 2,000 tracks.

For more information on Keys and his work, visit his website www.JohnKeys.co.uk. His CDs are available for purchase at http://www.hymncds.com/index.html.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.