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Free organ recital featuring Matthew Brown starts Catawba’s Fall Concert Season

The Catawba College Music Department is hosting a free organ recital featuring Matthew Brown at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. Brown’s recital kicks off the Music Department’s fall concert series
Brown, the director of music at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, will perform music of Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Schumann, Bach, Locklair, Bossi and Duruflé.
Prior to joining First United Methodist, Brown served on the music staff of Grace Church in New York City and was responsible for service playing and assisting in the conducting of the choir of men and boys, the girls’ Choir, and the parish’s professional adult choir. He maintained an active accompanying career in New York City.
Brown earned the bachelor of music degree in organ performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the master of music degree in organ performance and literature and the sacred music diploma from the Eastman School of Music. His additional studies have been at the GOArt Organ Center in Goteborg, Sweden, and the International Summer Organ Conservatoire in Orleans and Paris, France.
A former organ student of Dame Gillian Weir, Jack Mitchener, Wayne Leupold and David Higgs, Brown recently played a recital in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. His début recording titled “Collage” was released in 2009.

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