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posted: 7/11/2014 5:05 PM

"Joyful, Joyful: The Rollin' Down the River Recitals" Sundays

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Kathi Gorlewski

Three Lutheran churches, three very different pipe organs, three musicians, and three recitals, each with different music.

The "Joyful, Joyful: The Rollin' Down the River Recitals" will feature Joshua McClure, organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles; Deborah Ayotte, organist at Geneva Lutheran in Geneva; and Alan Spear, organist at Bethany Lutheran in Batavia.

Below is the series schedule. All recitals will be presented in the church sanctuaries at 3 p.m.

• July 13: Bethlehem Lutheran, 1145 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles

• July 20: Geneva Lutheran, 301 S. Third St. in downtown Geneva

• July 27: Bethany Lutheran, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia

The programs have been designed to feature the organs (and the pianos) in each church. The music was chosen based on what the organists like and what they know their congregations like.

These recitals are intended to be fun and educational at the same time, and should last no more than an hour or so. So join them and learn about these wonderful instruments and understand why the organists love to play them.

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