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Organ Virtuoso David Hurd to Perform at St. Paul’s, Fayetteville, Arkansas, October 9-10

In 1977, two separate panels of distinguished judges of the International Congress of Organists, listening “blind,” awarded First Place in both Organ Performance and Organ Improvisation to a young church music director from Harlem.  In just two days, David Hurd had walked away with the two most prestigious organ prizes in the world at that time, the only occasion when the same person has won both prizes in the same year.  Now, three decades after that triumph in Philadelphia, David Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the country, with a long list of awards, prizes, honors and achievements to his credit.  Professor of Church Music at the General Theological Seminary and Music Director at the Church of the Holy Apostles, both in New York City’s Chelsea district, he is the composer or arranger of dozens of hymns and settings which appear in hymnals from many publishers. 

 David Hurd will present a lecture-demonstration at 7:00 p.m. and organ recital at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.  The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 in the parish hall, featuring the tantalizing appetizers and sweets of St. Spatula’s Guild.  All are invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

On Saturday, October 10, Hurd will lead a hymn and choral workshop beginning at 10:00 a.m., also at St. Paul’s. Designed primarily for church musicians and choristers, both volunteers and professionals, this two-hour workshop is open to all and there is no fee to attend.  Lunch will be available after the workshop, $10 suggested donation.

David Hurd’s appearances in Fayetteville are sponsored the McMichael Lecture Series, Friends of Music at St. Paul’s and the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  St. Paul’s is located at the corner of East Avenue and Dickson Street, one block west of College Avenue (U.S. 71-B). Child care will be provided in the parish nursery both Friday evening and Saturday morning.  For more information, visit www.stpaulsfay.org or telephone (479) 442-7373.

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