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Article updated: 2/7/2013 7:20 PM

Annual Lenten organ series begins Feb. 14 in Palatine

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By Maurice Martin

Wonderful music, Lenten reflection, and interfaith fellowship are all hallmarks of the Phyllis A. Lange-Connelly Memorial Lenten Recital series. This inspirational series was founded by Phyllis Lange Connelly, who sadly died in July. Her dream, however, lives on with capable leadership and talented musicians.

Eleven area churches sponsor these recitals. Everyone is invited to listen, reflect, and enjoy music presented by outstanding musicians. This is the nineteenth year for the series which has been attended by over 1500 people annually.

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The opening organ recital will feature organist Michelle Nunez from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W. Frontage Road in Palatine.

Michelle's program will be followed by a time of fellowship and a chance to meet her. Admission is free -- donations are accepted to help defray costs.

In 1982, Michelle earned a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She has had positions as either pianist or choir director at numerous churches, and served as Director of Music/Organist at St. John United Church of Christ in Arlington Heightsbefore settling at Bethel in 2005 where she is currently organist and choir accompanist. She also enjoys her work at the Palatine Park District as principal accompanist of the Palatine Children's Chorus. Michelle and her husband live in Palatine, and have two adult sons.

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