Sunday Concert at church to showcase ‘king of instruments’
by Sally Litchfield
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Dr. Calvert Johnson, the organist at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, finds time Sunday afternoon to practice his craft at the First Baptist Church of Marietta where he will be giving an organ recital to show off the sounds of the pipe organ, also known as the ‘king of Instruments.’ <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Dr. Calvert Johnson, the organist at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, finds time Sunday afternoon to practice his craft at the First Baptist Church of Marietta where he will be giving an organ recital to show off the sounds of the pipe organ, also known as the ‘king of Instruments.’
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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Do something different this weekend. On Sunday at 3 p.m., go to Church Street Pipes and Pedals, a Pipe Organ Summer Concert Series at the First Baptist Church of Marietta featuring the Reuter Pipe Organ in the main sanctuary.

Dr. Calvert Johnson, organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta and professor emeritus of Music at Agnes Scott College, is the guest artist on Sunday. This concert is the last of the series.

“We wanted to highlight the talent in the area. We wanted to keep the love of the pipe organ alive in a day and age when pipe organs are failing to get a lot of attention in churches,” said Dr. Paul Hill, minister of Worship Arts at First Baptist.

“We’ve got (a pipe organ) and we want people to play it. We want to hear what other artists do with it because every organ has a unique sound to it. We want to hear what other pipe organists do with the one we have when they bring their skills to it,” he explained.

The concert is an opportunity for the community to hear this special instrument.

“There are not many pipe organs left. We feel like we have a unique instrument and we want to share it with the community. It was known as the king of instruments because for so long it was the primary instrument of theaters and churches. We want to see to it that the legacy continues,” Hill said.

The First Baptist Church of Marietta is at 148 Church St., Marietta.

Concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (770) 424-8326.

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