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thumb Wells-OrganJohn Wells, an emeritus professor at Tennessee Tech University, will present his annual organ concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Bryan Fine Arts building’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.

The program will feature music ranging from the High Renaissance to the 20th century, including music by Alain, Susato, Bach, Gigout, Messiaen and Liszt. Guest artists Dwight Wages and John Bohlen, trumpets, will play a sonata for two trumpets and organ by Corelli, and cellist Rachel Smalling will play “Prayer (From Jewish Life)” for cello and organ by Ernest Bloch.

The organ in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium is a 27-rank Schantz/Milnar pipe organ with 1603 pipes. It is one of three pipe organs in Cookeville and has undergone the first phase of a series of planned repairs and upgrades. The upgrades have improved the sound quality and the organist’s ability to control volume.

Wells is a member of the Nashville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has played organ recitals in several states and has served as a church organist and pianist for many years. At TTU, he developed and taught an acoustics of music course about the science behind how musical instruments work, how we hear the sounds they produce and why some sounds are called music and others noise.

Wages is the founder of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band and a trumpet player with the Cookeville Community Band. He founded the state’s Clarion Brass Quintet and frequently plays solos at weddings and other special occasions.

Bohlen is a mechanical engineer with Oreck and plays trumpet with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band, the Cookeville Community Band and the Cookeville First Baptist Church Orchestra.

Smalling is a TTU cello student.