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Becket Arts to feature organist William Haller Sunday

The second concert of the 2019-20 Becket Arts 25th Season is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas à Becket Episcopal Church, 75 Old Cheat Road, Morgantown.

Tickets are available at the door, and a reception follows.

The program will include music by Dietrich Buxtehude and Johan Sebastian Bach, including Bach’s Advent and Christmas chorale settings from the Orgelbuchlein (Little Organ Book). Many of the latter are familiar and are found in St. Thomas’ Hymnal 1982. Other composers include Knut Nystedt, William Lloyd Webber (father of Andrew Lloyd Webber), Alexandre Guilmant and Naji Hakim.

Featured will be Becket’s Director of Music and Organist William Haller. Haller received his DMA from North Texas State University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He won the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1965 and placed second in the Grand Prix de Chartres competition in 1974. He taught at Texas Woman’s University, at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and at WVU since 1980, where he is professor emeritus of organ and organ literature. He has served Baptist, United Church of Christ, Methodist, Christian Science and Episcopal churches since 1955, in addition to being the former organist for the Columbus Symphony and Columbus Symphony Chorus. He is professor of music emeritus at The WVU School of Music.

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