World-renowned organist to headline Ogden fundraiser

Nov 9 2012 - 6:38pm

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World-famous organist Gail Archer will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2374 Grant Ave. in Ogden.
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World-famous organist Gail Archer will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2374 Grant Ave. in Ogden.

OGDEN -- Her name and talent are revered by those who understand great music.

Yet international organ virtuoso Gail Archer is still willing to donate her time and talents to those in need.

Archer will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2374 Grant Ave. in Ogden. The event is a fundraiser for a church restoration project to repair mortar throughout the building's facade.

"We're really lucky that she's donating this performance toward our restoration appeal," said the Rev. Vanessa Cato, the priest at the church.

"It's a great opportunity for the people of the Ogden area to hear someone of a world-class standard."

"She has toured all over Europe," said Shane Fellows, director of music at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. "She could have made thousands of dollars had she sold this performance to one of the big churches."

Tickets for the concert are available at the church, and the cost is a suggested donation of $12 or $6 for students.

Good Shepherd is known for being the oldest continually used historic building in Ogden.

The church steeple houses the first church bell heard in Ogden.

It was the first Ogden building to be placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Members have raised more than half of the approximately $120,000 needed to ensure that their 138-year-old church will stand for another century and more. Now they're turning to their friends and neighbors for the rest.

Archer holds a DMA degree in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music and earned an artist diploma from the Boston Conservatory, according to her biography.

An active recitalist in both the United States and Europe, she was recently featured at the Dresden Musicfestspiel.

Her latest album, "Bach the Transcendent Genius," was released in February 2010, recorded on a Fritts organ at Vassar College, states the biography.

She lives in New York City and is college organist at Vassar College and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she directs the university choirs.

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