A beautiful setting, a fine instrument, and a superb musician promise a memorable evening at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church when virtuoso organist Jonathan Hehn performs a recital on Friday evening, January 16 at 7 p.m. The program continues the Homer Meade Rankin Memorial Organ Concert Series at St. Anne’s. Admission is free.
A native of Thomasville, the organist currently serves Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, Florida. He is a brother in the Order of Saint Luke and holds music degrees (BM,DM) from Florida State University and theology (MSM) from University Notre Dame. He also holds the Choirmaster Certificate of the American Guild of Organists and has spent time at the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Mr. Hehn is an active recitalist, appearing both as a soloist and chamber musician in Austria and across the United States. He has won prizes in both regional and national competitions in organ performance, and was a finalist in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival.
As a scholar, the organist has been the recipient of several awards, and his work is published by the American Guild of Organists, Saraban Music, and the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. The Hymn Society awarded him the Lovelace Scholarship on three occasions. In addition, Mr. Hehn was the founder and longtime director of the Tallahassee Music Conference.
Concert goers to the St. Anne’s recital will enjoy selections from Bach, Liszt and Duruflé and a special section of improvisations, based on suggestions from the audience.
Mr. Hehn will perform on the Chambers Memorial Organ, built by Casavants of Quebec, Canada, and given to the church by Merle and Evelyn Chambers to honor Jerry G. Chambers, a cousin who acted as both brother and father to the late Homer Rankin, a revered Tifton businessman and philanthropist. The concert is made possible by an endowment of the Chambers Family Fund, through the generosity of Merle and Evelyn Chambers, to provide regular organ concerts at St. Anne’s by recognized artists.
A reception will follow in the church Parish Hall. St. Anne’s is located at 2411 North Central Avenue, Tifton, Georgia.