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The Richner-Strong Church Music Institute at Colby College has announced two organ concerts and a festival service in August. All performances are open to the public free of charge, though a donation is requested at the August 17 performance.

On Tuesday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bates College Chapel in Lewiston, organist Huw Lewis will perform a concert of works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Lewis is a faculty member and co-director of the Richner-Strong Institute, now in its 44th year. A native of Wales, Lewis studied at the Royal College of Music in London, at Cambridge University and at the University of Michigan. He is a faculty member at Hope College in Michigan, where he has served as chair of the music department, college organist and coordinator of the music theory program. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and dean of the Holland, Mich., area chapter.

On Thursday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, organist John Rose will perform a concert on the newly refurbished Kotzschmar organ. A faculty member and co-director of the Richner-Strong Institute, Rose is college organist at Trinity College in Connecticut and has performed in concerts and festivals across the country and around the world.

On Friday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel in Waterville, Richner-Strong Institute participants will hold a church music festival service. The institute, in session from August 13-19, is designed to help church musicians improve the musical standards and programs of their institutions. Participants study piano, organ, handbells and vocal music, take part in group lessons and discussions and perform in a festival service.

For more information call Colby’s Special Programs office at (207) 872-3386.