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Milligan to host joint recital

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (November 3, 2006) —  Local musical talents Dr. James Spirup and Dr. Carol Mask will join Dr. David Runner, professor of music at Milligan College, for a joint organ, harp and harpsichord recital on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

Runner, harpsichordist for the recital, has been professor of music at Milligan for almost 35 years. He received a doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1976 and since that time has studied organ in Vienna with Michael Radulescu and in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain. He has played frequent organ recitals in the Southeastern United States and the Pacific Northwest. Runner is also a member and organ accompanist of the Civic Chorale.

Spirup, organist for the recital, is the director of music and organist at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va. He has performed at Washington National Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, as well as France as part of his international recital tour. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan and has served churches in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest and the Southeastern United States.

Although veterinary medicine has been Mask’s chosen career for nearly 30 years, she has always made music a part of her life. Growing up in Richmond, Va., was “a continuous music lesson” due to the influence of her mother, Catherine Spencer, a professional organist, pianist, harpsichordist and harpist. Mask has participated in music groups in the United States and Canada and will serve as harpist for the recital.

The program will feature pieces composed by Praetorius, “El Sabio,” Besard, Pachelbel, Scheidemann, Coe, Bach and Gounod.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Milligan College music office at 423.461.8723 or music@milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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