The Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement and Initiatives, is once again presenting an organ benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 in the Firestone Baars Chapel. 

The concert will feature the Stephens College Concert Choir, under the direction of Emily Edgington Andrews, performing Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” accompanied by a string quartet, guest artist soloists, and Dr. Haig Mardirosian, Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa. In addition, Mardirosian will be performing Prelude on “Veni creator spiritus” by Libby Larsen and three movements of the Vierne First Symphony. 

The concert, titled “Make A Joyful Noise Again,” is the second benefit event of its kind to raise funds to restore the historic organ that is over 60 years old and in need of repair. Nearly $190,000 is needed to return the Aeolian-Skinner 1186 to its original splendor. 

“We have rediscovered a space and an instrument made for each other and in which we can look forward to providing more recitals and events,” said Meichele Foster, vice president for institutional advancement and initiatives. 

The concert will also feature remarks about the Stephens College music program and the future plans for the organ restoration. In addition, it will be livestreamed for those who cannot join in person. A reception will follow the event in the chapel.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or by contacting the Stephens College Box Office at (573) 876-7199 or [email protected].

Pictured: 2017 “Make a Joyful Noise” concert.


joyful noise again

Make a Joyful Noise Again

7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6

Firestone Baars Chapel

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