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thumb JohnWellsJohn Wells, emeritus professor at Tennessee Tech University, will present his annual organ concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Bryan Fine Arts Building’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.

The program will feature music ranging from the early Renaissance to the 20th century. 

Bill Boyd will join Wells on his horn as a guest artist, playing Franz Strauss’ Horn Concerto Opus 8. 

The concert will also include organ solos “Agincourt Hymn” by John Dunstable, Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Major by J. S. Bach, Fantasia on “Ton-Y-Botel” by Richard Purvis, and the finale from Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne.

The Wattenbarger Auditorium organ, a 27-rank Schantz/Milnar pipe organ with 1603 pipes, is one of three pipe organs in Cookeville, and has undergone the first phase of a series of planned repairs and upgrades.

Wells is a member of the Nashville chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has played organ recitals across the South, as well as serving as a church organist and pianist for many years. His interests include the physics of music, especially the physical acoustics of musical instruments.

Boyd is an alumnus of the University of South Florida and was a middle school band director in Florida for many years. He plays horn with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band, the Cookeville Community Band and the Cookeville First Baptist Church Orchestra. 

The concert is free and open to the public. The Bryan Fine Arts Building is at 1150 N. Dixie Ave.