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New venue, majestic pipe organ boosts excitement for 2007 Fall Choral Concert

Austin Peay State Universitys annual Fall Choral Concert is always a popular event, but the new location for this years performance has people talking about the creative possibilities in such a University-community partnership.

The 2007 Fall Choral Concert, featuring the APSU Choir and the Chamber Singers, will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4 in the Madison Street United Methodist Church, 319 Madison St. It is free and open to the public.
Austin Peay State University's annual Fall Choral Concert is always a popular event, but the new location for this year's performance has people talking about the creative possibilities in such a University-community partnership.

The 2007 Fall Choral Concert, featuring the APSU Choir and the Chamber Singers, will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4 in the Madison Street United Methodist Church, 319 Madison St. It is free and open to the public.

The concert conductor is Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, APSU director of choral activities and assistant professor. She will be assisted by Abigail Woods-Haacke, pianist, and Jared Wilson, organist.

“This is a unique collaboration between our choral department and the Clarksville community in that the concert will be performed in the beautiful sanctuary of Madison Street United Methodist Church,” Kenaston-French said.

“We selected the church because of its 47-rank Reiger-Kloss pipe organ, which Jared Wilson, the church's minister of music, will play to accompany Faure's ‘Requiem,' one of the most famous and moving settings of the traditional text.”

Wilson holds the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Collaborative Arts from Middle Tennessee State University and the Master of Arts of Theological Studies and Spiritual Formation from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He has completed postgraduate studies in Contextual Religion in European Society at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Wilson joined the staff of Madison Street United Methodist Church in 2003. Previously, he was minister of music and worship at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Brentwood. He is president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Choristers Guild and a member of the American Guild of Organists and Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.

For more information about the Fall Choral Concert, please contact Kenaston-French by telephone at (931) 221-7002 or e-mail at kenastonk@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke