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Audiences in the Triad have a long-held love for the organ. From world-class instruments, to outstanding performers, organ aficionados in the Piedmont always have plenty to be happy about. But, on Friday November 15, 2013 at 7:30pm at Christ United Methodist Church, the performance of young organ virtuoso Chelsea Chen is sure to leave the Music for a Great Space audience speechless.

Ms. Chen, both and organist and composer, will present a program featuring music by composers from five different countries. One highlight of the evening is sure to be Chen’s own composition Taiwanese Suite. Based on Asian folksongs, Chen’s composition will explore the unique tonal colors of the famous C.B. Fisk Organ, Op. 82 at Christ United Methodist Church in very different ways than the traditional works by Bach (Germany) and Dupré (France) that she will also perform. Rounding out the program with a few 20th Century works, she will present a composition by Dutch composer Ad Wammes and a crowd-pleasing rendition of I’ve Got Rhythm by American composer George Gershwin.

One of the Triad’s organ enthusiasts is Dr. William Carroll, Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and sponsor of this Music for a Great Space concert. On why he wanted to sponsor this program, he said, “The amalgamation of styles and confluence of cultures will make the program unique indeed.” Music for a Great Space Board President Kami Rowan adds, “I think that this recital by Ms. Chen will feature something for everyone. Lovers of traditional organ music will find her performance of Bach and Dupré to be engaging, exciting, and spectacular. And for those looking for something new and different from the organ will be thrilled to hear her Tiawanese Suite, and her performances of Gershwin have been reviewed as ‘scary good.’ What’s not to like?”

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door and in advance at www.musicforagreatspace.org or through the Carolina Theatre Box Office at (336) 333-2605. Adults $18, seniors $15, student $5.  Each ticket holder may bring two young people age 16 and under for free. Season tickets and flex passes are also available. Free babysitting is available for this event.  Request babysitting at least 48 hours in advance at www.musicforagreatspace.org or call (336) 638-7624.