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Tompkins presents organ recital Jan. 21

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University Organist Charles Tompkins

Furman University will present a concert featuring faculty member and University Organist Charles Tompkins Thursday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. The event is part of Furman’s annual Church Music Conference, which meets Jan. 21-22.

The recital is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Hartness Organ Series. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The event is free for Church Music Conference registrants.

The recital, performed on Furman’s Hartness Organ (Opus 121 of C.B. Fisk Organ Builders) will feature works for solo organ by two Baroque composers (Nicolas de Grigny and J.S. Bach) and two contemporary composers (Swiss composer Carl Rütti and Greenville’s own Robert J. Powell).

Nationally-recognized mezzo-soprano and Furman alumna Elizabeth Bishop, a regular performer with the Metropolitan Opera, will join Tompkins for the French Romantic composer Louis Vierne’s song cycle “Les Angelus.” Tompkins will also premiere his own composition, a newly-published Concertato/Anthem on the hymn, “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise.” Joining Tompkins for the piece will be the Furman Singers and brass quartet, who will perform under the direction of Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd.

Tompkins, a member of the Furman music faculty since 1986, also serves as Organist of First Baptist Church, Greenville. He is a nationally active organ recitalist, and has performed at universities and churches throughout the United States.

For more information, contact the Furman Music office at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at More information about the Church Music Conference may be found at this link.


Last updated January 5, 2016
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