COSHOCTON -- On Sunday, May 6, Dr. Paul Barte will portray J. S. Bach and play the organ at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church. The Afternoon with J. S. Bach Organ Recital begins at 3 p.m. and is free to attend. The concert is part of the Coshocton Dogwood Festival -- A weeklong community celebration of visual and performing arts.
Dr. Paul Barte, organ professor at Ohio University, dressed as Bach, will share this composer's story and his music. The Taylor and Boody tracker organ in the sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church is the type of instrument which Bach would have played in his day. So one may actually feel transported back to the time of Bach.
Dr. Barte is the University Organist at Ohio University and also teaches organ, harpsichord, keyboard literature, and music history there. A native of Minnesota, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, his master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his doctor's degree from the Eastman School of Music.
Dr. Barte has performed in Germany and the United States, having recently played the Mormon Tabernacle Organ. He has presented recitals and workshops at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Music Teacher's National Association.
Most of the pieces that Dr. Barte will play were written by J. S. Bach including Toccata in D Minor (BWV 565); Erhalt uns Herr, bei deinem Wort (BWV 1103); Jesu meine Freude (BWV 1105); Prelude and Fugue in F Major (BWV 556); Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659); Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor-1st movement (BWV 593); O Mensch, bewein' dein Snde gross (BWV 622); Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645); and Prelude and Fugue in B Minor (BWV 544).
For information, contact the church office at 740-622-0486. The Coshocton Presbyterian Church is located at 142 N. Fourth St., the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets in Coshocton and free parking is available.
For information about the Coshocton Dogwood Festival, go to www.Visitcoshocton.com.