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2019 Organ Week Opening Concert: Joel Bacon, Solo Organ Recital / FREE

    • The seventh annual Organ Week, a summer organ festival presented by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Colorado State University, takes place June 17—20 with concerts and special events held at the University Center for the Arts, First United Methodist Church, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins. The 2019 edition features the Canadian Brass and world-renowned organists performing major solo and collaborative works. As an added bonus, a series of free public lectures and masterclasses is also being offered.

      Tickets for the nightly concerts range from free to $19 and are available at the University Center for the Arts ticket office in the UCA lobby 60 minutes prior to performances or online at All tickets are subject to a $1 ticket fee for both online and at-the-door purchases. Due to event popularity and to avoid at-the-door fees, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

      Complete details are available online at

      2019 Organ Week Opening Concert: Joel Bacon, Solo Organ Recital / FREE
      Goldberg Variations
      Monday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fort Collins

      Patrons who have enjoyed Joel Bacon’s performances of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations for harpsichord will be thrilled to hear the infamous thirty-two section piece performed on the Lawrence Phelps organ at St. Luke’s. Dr. Bacon holds the Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair in Organ and Liturgical Studies, the first endowed chair in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. Before coming to CSU, he was assistant organist of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Munich-Grunwald, and served as frequent guest organist at the former Hapsburg imperial church, St. Augustine, Vienna. He holds degrees in mathematics and organ performance from Baylor University, an artist diploma in organ from the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien (Vienna), and a PhD in historical musicology through a joint degree program of Vienna's University of Music and Performing Arts and the University of Vienna.