Concert to benefit church fund

Saturday, January 19, 2002

Just as John the Baptist made the way for Jesus Christ, the congregation at Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau is preparing for its future with the addition of a Schantz pipe organ.

The historic Roman Catholic church is currently without a pipe organ but will install a new instrument later this month. In the meantime, parishioners are leveling the floor. The old instrument was bought by a church in Arcadia, Mo.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, the church will host a benefit concert for the pipe organ fund. British pianist Jack Gibbons will play the sounds of Gershwin, Litzt and Rachmaninov on a Steinway grand piano. Preferred seats are $100, and reserved seating is $35. Preferred tickets also include a reception with the artist after the performance.

Gibbons played several concerts in November on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University before heading to Carnegie Hall. He visited the church during his stay in Cape Girardeau and agreed to return for a benefit concert.

"He played the piano and liked the acoustics in the church," said Dennis Seyer, a professor of theatre and dance at the university and member of the Old St. Vincent group, which has helped restore the building.

The church still needs about $50,000 to pay for the new pipe organ. The original fund-raising goal was $260,000 to pay for the instrument.

For ticket information, call 335-3852 or 335-3546.

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