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Above, in this photo from 2018, Grant Wareham puts the organ at First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore through its paces, in preparation for play in the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival. This yearly event, which begins Sunday, attracts fans from around the country who travel far to hear the superior sound created by Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs. This year, “we will visit the organs designed and finished by Roy Perry at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, and St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana,” said festival Founding Director Lorenz Maycher. Read more about Mr. Perry in Chit Chat Corner on page 3A.

The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival is just days away. It’s set to begin this Sunday, November 8, and run through Thursday, November 12.

And this year, there’s an online option.

The hosts of the festival are raving about the lineup.

“We have a great lineup of artists and organs, with some new friends presenting, several new (to us) instruments, and a wide variety of repertoire,” said Lorenz Maycher, the festival’s Founding Director.

“This year, our tenth anniversary, we honor the memory of our loyal festival friend, William Teague (1922-2020), who was organist-choirmaster at St. Mark’s Church (now Cathedral) in Shreveport for many years.”

This year’s presenters include David Baskeyfield, George Bozeman, Casey Cantwell, Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault, Richard Elliott, Faythe Freese, Jan Kraybill, Barbara Owen, Owen Reid, Simon Templet, and Clark Wilson, with special guest, Michael Barone acting as master of ceremonies.

Maycher said the plans for this year’s festival will include stops to visit historic organs, as well as online option for those wishing to maintain social distancing.

“We will visit the organs designed and finished by Roy Perry at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas and St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana. And because of the unique ability afforded online for us to travel to greater distances, we will also hear the Aeolian-Skinner organs at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia; The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, New York; and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, New York. The newest addition to our roster of performer’s is young Simon Templet, who will be playing on the 2009 Patrick Murphy organ at St. Patrick’s Church, New Orleans.”

In September 2019, the festival formed a larger 501©3 foundation to oversee The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival and its ongoing work, according to Maycher. This foundation, The Roy Perry American Classic Organ Foundation, is a non-profit organization intended to promote the work of Mr. Perry, the organs he designed and finished, and the American Classic Organ, through concerts, publications, recordings, educational events, and historic preservation.

Any gifts made to The Roy Perry American Classic Organ Foundation (RPACOF) are tax-deductible, and will aid in our organization’s continued work this year and in the future.

Additionally, the festival is bringing back one of its most popular attractions: a Silent Movie Night, featuring a classic silent film screening accompanied by live organ playing.

The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival and The Reel East Texas Film Festival will present the classic 1924 silent movie classic comedy, “Girl Shy,” starring Harold Lloyd, in a special joint event on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m. The film will be shown on the exterior South wall of the Texan. Audience members are asked to bring lawn chairs for seating on the lawn. The film will be accompanied by theater organist Clark Wilson playing the 1949 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore. Free admission.

The event schedule is as follows and may be viewed at the following link:

Individual tickets are available on Eventbrite by donation.

Sunday, November 8

8:00 p.m.

Opening Concert by Jan Kraybill

1959 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1308 — St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana

Monday, November 9

3 p.m.

Conversations with William Teague with special guest, Casey Cantwell

1959 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1308, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana and 1949 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1173 — First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas

8 p.m.

Joint Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield and Owen Reid

1956 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1275 — The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, New York and 1958 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1249 — Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, New York.

Tuesday, November 10

3 p.m.

Encore Presentation from 2019 — George Bozeman, guest speaker

“But Enough About Me... George Bozeman Talks About the Organ World He Has Inhabited from ca. 1936 Until Now”

8 p.m.

Duo Organ Recital by Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault

1950 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1110 — St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, November 11

3 p.m.

Organ Recital by Simon Templet

2009 Patrick Murphy, Opus 53 — St. Patrick’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana

8 p.m.

Silent Movie: Girl Shy, starring Harold Lloyd

Clark Wilson, organist

1949 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1173 — First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas

Thursday, November 12

3 p.m.

Encore Presentation from 2011

Richard Elliott, organist

1949 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1173 — First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas

8 p.m.

Closing Concert by Faythe Freese

1959 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1308 — St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana

Master of Ceremonies — Michael Barone and the Perriola Aeolian-Skinners at First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas and St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana and the 1951 Aeolian-Skinner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia, the 1956 Aeolian-Skinner at The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, New York. the 1958 Aeolian-Skinner at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, New York and the 2009 Patrick Murphy at St. Patrick’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tickets for each event are available from $1. Additional donations are welcome.

Contributions may be sent to: The Roy Perry American Classic Organ Foundation (RPACOF), P.O. Box 2069, Kilgore, TX 75663

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