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Thomas Wikman presents four free noontime concerts at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Posted Apr 17, 2007

Each Tuesday from April 24 through May 15, renowned organist Thomas Wikman will present a free noontime concert on the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ in the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago's Augustana Chapel, 1100 East 55th Street. Each concert will begin at 12:20 p.m. and last for only 30 minutes.

Thomas Wikman is organist and artist-in-residence at the Chicago Theological Seminary, where he has given more than 400 performances. A native of Muskegon, Mich., Wikman has been performing and composing since age five. He has given recitals around the country and on his annual European tour as organist, harpsichordist, or pianist. He has performed in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra chamber music series, at the Ravinia Festival, and at the White House.

Wikman is also a critically-acclaimed conductor who is founder and conductor laureate of Music of the Baroque, one of the Chicago area's top classical groups. He made his Lincoln Center debut in 1987 conducting a sold-out performance of Bach's "Christmas" Oratorio.

In 2002, Wikman was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts by the University of Illinois at Chicago for "making an incomparable contribution to the musical life of Chicago,"

The Ruth and Paul Manz Organ at the Augustana Chapel at LSTC is named in honor of recitalist, composer, and former artist-in-residence, Paul Manz and his spouse, Ruth. The 1,666-pipe tracker organ is the first Bigelow organ to be installed in the Chicago area. With 2 manuals, 31 ranks and 25 stops, the organ is designed to handle a variety of repertoires and is designed to be an excellent instrument not only for congregational singing but also for concerts.

For more information about Thomas Wikman, see his website at: www.thomaswikman.org

For more information about the Ruth and Paul Manz organ, see the LSTC Organ dedication webpage, and the Bigelow Organ website.

Contact:

Mark Bangert & Daniel Schwandt
Co-directors, Chapel Music Series
773-256-0700 Ext. 799
mbangert@lstc.edu; dschwand@lstc.edu

Jan Boden
Director of Communications
773-256-0744
jboden@lstc.edu

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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