David Arcus Organ Recital
On Sunday, January 20, St. Matthew’s Director of Music and Organist, Dr. David Arcus, will present an organ recital on the church’s 1883 Hook & Hastings two-manual pipe organ. The program will be a retrospective of compositions he has written as far back as 1979, maybe even earlier, through the 2000s. Everyone is cordially invited to attend the recital and the reception which follows it. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door; reservations are accepted by contacting the church office. St. Matthew’s 1883 Hook and Hasting organ is known for its beauty and sweetness of sound. The tracker-action pipe organ, Opus number 1169, was purchased for $1,040 by the Ladies of the Sewing Society for Miss Lizzie Jones, who served as organist for over fifty years. It has seven ranks of pipes and is affectionately known as "Miss Lizzie" in honor of its first organist. The organ is housed in an oak case. It was disassembled and removed from the church building on June 2, 2004 and completely restored by John Farmer, Pipe Organ Builders of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The facade pipes were re-stenciled in original colors. A native of Kingston, New York, David Arcus was the Duke University Chapel Organist and Associate University Organist for thirty years. He holds the B. Mus. degree from Oberlin Conservatory and the M.Mus. and Mus.A.D. degrees from the Yale University School of Music. Active as a recitalist, he has concertized in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, including Washington National Cathedral, London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Leeds Town Hall, Bamberg’s Imperial Cathedral, and Paris’s St. Sulpice. He is in frequent demand as an organ clinician, having taught recently at the national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the Duke Chapel Choir on tours to Great Britain, Poland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and The People’s Republic of China. He is also a composer and is recognized internationally as an improviser at the organ. The St. Matthew’s Faith and the Arts Series began in 2010 as a result of the church’s desire to be more intentional in their support of the arts and artists; to challenge and deepen faith through exposure to the arts; and to use sacred space as a setting for artistic expression.