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Recital--Organ Solo
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC, United States)
R. Monty Bennett

A benefit rectial for the International Children’s Outreach Ministry featuring music by African and African-American composers as well as music composed in Africa.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Outer Banks Presbyterian Church (Kill Devil Jills, NC, United States)
R. Monty Bennett

Dedication concert of the new Rodgers 928 Trillium Masterpiece Organ. The program will highlight the capabilities of the organ as music of the liturgical year is showcased.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 Beatties Ford Rd. (Charlotte, NC, United States)
R. Monty Bennett

Having been hailed as “one of the country’s top young concert artists” by the Baldwin Organ Company, R. Monty Bennett began musical studies at an early age in his native California. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was a student of Dr. James Welch, with whom he studied organ, carillon and harpsichord. Mr. Bennett has performed across the U.S. and Great Britain as an organist, accompanist and conductor. In 2005, he made his European debut playing a recital for the 22nd International Festival of Organists in Turin, Italy, where he played the European première of a collection of African-American spirituals by Calvin Taylor. He has also presented recitals in France, both as a carillonneur and as an organist. He is currently the Principal Organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, where he was the consultant for the design of the new 5 manual, 168 stop, 6000 pipe Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ, which he recently dedicated to a capacity audience in the 3000 seat...

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Recital--Organ Plus
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC, United States)
R. Monty Bennett

Brass Fest X, accompanied by R. Monty Bennett on the five-manual Fratelli Ruffatti organ. Dave Silden, Sonja Smith, Duncan Gray and Monty Bennett will conduct the brass ensemble made up of approximately 50 players. Works by Gabrieli, Bach, Bales and arrangements of favorite hymns. A free-will offering will be taken, no tickets necessary.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC, United States)
R. Monty Bennett

Dedication recital of the five-manual, 168 stop Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ in the new sanctuary of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. This organ is the largest organ in an African-American church. The church’s organist, R. Monty Bennett, will play works Bach, Handel, as well as French composers. The concert is free and no tickets are necessary.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop Univeristy (Rock Hill, SC, United States)
R. Monty Bennett

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the installation and dedication of the Winthrop University D. B. Johnson Memorial Organ, Mr. Bennett will present works originally played by Virgil Fox on the dedication program. Works will include: Toccata and Fugue in d Minor-Bach; Toccata in F Major-Bach; Come Sweet Death-Bach; Petites Litanies-Grouvlez; Variations and Fugue on “Heil dir im Siegerkranz”-Reger. The organ is the 4 manual Aeolian-Skinner opus 1257, installed and voiced by G. Donald Harrison in 1955. For more information on the organ, please visit...

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Recital--Organ Solo
St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York City, NY, United States)
Monty Bennett

Monty Bennett, Principal Organist of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, will present an organ recital on the 5 manual St. Patrick Cathedral Kilgen organ. Works by John Cook, Alexandre Guilmant, Calvin Taylor and Henri Mulet.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Montreat College (Montreat, NC, United States)
Monty Bennett

I will be presenting a concert at Montreat College, Montreat, NC (where Billy Graham and his wife live) as the second concert on the Dr. A. C. Bridges Memorial Organ installed in the new Chapel of the Prodigal on the college campus. The series began last year with the dedication of the organ by Diane Bish. Works will include: Mendelssohn, Sonata II in c Minor; Mulet, Carillon-Sortie; Nanney, Adagio (fr. Sonata in e Minor); Bish, Joyful, Joyful; Grouvlez, Little Litanies of Jesus; Saint-Saens/Fox, Andante Cantabile (fr. 3rd Symph for Org. and Orchestra) If any of you liste members are in the area, drop in for some beautiful music in a beautiful chapel. (I can’t comment on the organ since I haven’t heard it yet, but I’m told it sounds wonderful in the room.) For directions to the school, log on to www.Montreat.edu or email me for more...

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