Carlton T. Russell, Professor of Music and College Organist, Emeritus at Wheaton College, Norton, Mass., will play an organ recital Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Searsport, 8 Church St.

The recital is offered in connection with the annual meeting of the Congregational Christian Council of Maine, which the church is hosting for the first time since 2003. Featuring the church’s E. W. Lane mechanical-action pipe organ installed in 1906 and revised by the Andover Organ Company, the program will include Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and his famous “Largo”, as well as works by two Winston-Salem, N.C., composers — Margaret Vardell Sandresky and Dan Locklair.

Russell taught for 41 years in the Wheaton music department and was College Organist from 1963 to 2005, at which time he and his wife Lorna S. (Brookes) Russell moved to Stockton Springs. The Russells currently serve as ministers of music at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Blue Hill; and perform in Baroque chamber ensemble the Somerset Consort. Russell is dean of the Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; and instructor for the Organ Education Program launched in 2009 by the Greater Bay Area Ministerium and centered at Searsport’s First Congregational Church. This program was established to encourage piano students to study the organ, and to assist pianists who have found themselves in church positions and want further training in organ playing.

There is no admission charge, but there will be an opportunity to contribute to the Organ Education Program. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Arlin T. Larson at 548-0327.

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