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Butler School of Music Celebrates New Pipe Organ with Performance in Jessen Auditorium

Event: The Butler School of Music celebrates the installation of its newest acquisition, an original Aeolian Skinner Organ, into Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall. Senior lecturer of Organ and Sacred Music Judith Hancock and lecturer Scott Davis will perform an exciting program that includes organ repertoire as well as traditional holiday music.

Tickets:$10 general public, $5 seniors and non-UT students, Free Admission for children under 12 and UT students/faculty/staff (2 tickets per ID).

Advance ticket sales available at: musicutexas.thundertix.com

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 14

Where: Jessen Auditorium, Homer Rainey Hall
http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/hrh.html

Background: The Butler School of Music recently acquired a one-of-a-kind Aeolian Skinner Opus 1393 organ, valued at over $1 million, from the Central Presbyterian Church of Houston shortly before the church was scheduled to be demolished.

Judith Hancock's late husband, Gerre Hancock, was one of the country's most highly acclaimed concert organists and a professor of Organ and Sacred Music at the university. He spent years searching for a suitable organ for Jessen Auditorium. The Opus 1393 organ replaces the original Aeolian-Skinner instrument upon which founding College of Fine Arts dean William Doty performed and taught. One of Doty's most successful students was Hancock himself. The instrument was installed into the space by a team from Coulter Organbuilders led by Robert Coulter, and took over 3200 hours of labor for the restoration, installation and tonal finishing.

The Aeolian Skinner Organ, Opus 1393 is a gift by UT alum and supporter Robert Sherrill (MA 1956) in honor of his late wife Mary Elizabeth Sherrill (MFA 1955). In addition to the organ, Robert Sherrill has established two generous endowments for the Butler School, the Mary Elizabeth Sherrill Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Music and the Mary Elizabeth Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Organ.

For more information about this event, call the Butler School of Music hotline, 512-471-5401.

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Krysta Gonzales
Thursday, December 06, 2012