Thallander performs in Searsport

Aug 19, 2014
Mark Thallander

Searsport — First Congregational Church, 8 Church St. will host an organ concert and hymn sing Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. The featured organist will be Mark Thallander, who lives in Palm Springs, Calif., and Ogunquit.

Thallander holds a B.A. in Humanities and an M.A. in music. He has done additional graduate study at the University of Southern California. From 1998 to 2002, Thallander was Assistant Professor of Music at Vanguard University of Southern California; and from 2009 to 2011, he was Faculty/Artist-in-Residence at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. He has given organ concerts on some of the largest pipe organs in the world including the Cathedral Church of St. Luke’s in Portland.

He is perhaps best known for his 18-year tenure of distinguished ministry at The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., where he was Assistant Director of Music and Organist. In addition to serving in subsequent music-related positions in California churches, he has contributed articles to periodicals including Theology News and Notes; and served as a clinician and organist for national music and worship conferences including the American Guild of Organists.

Thallander has recorded two solo CDs of piano and organ hymn improvisations; and co-authored a book titled “Champions … Plus,” which chronicles his serious automobile accident in August of 2003 that resulted in the amputation of his left arm. From this very traumatic accident and subsequent rehabilitation, he astounds audiences with this concerts fully utilizing both feet and his right arm.

This concert is by donation and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served in Curtis Hall after the concert.

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