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January 2018

Midday Masterworks Series

Today's program titled "A-B-C", features music of composers whose last names are Alcock, Albrechtsberger, Bach, Buxtehude, Corelli, and Corl. Midday Masterworks organist Deborah Krauss Smith began her organ studies in Monroe with the late Merruth Seaton, continuing at UW-Eau Claire where she received a music education degree with applied majors in both organ and voice, and then continued organ studies with the late Lawrence G. Kelliher, longtime organist/director of music at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. She has also directed the Monroe Swiss Singers mixed choir since 1985. Krauss Smith will be joined by violinist Robert Eversman, who will play a solo piece by J.S. Bach, and two movements from a violin sonata by Corelli. Eversman, who resides in rural Monroe, is Music Director/Organist at Heritage Congregational Church in Madison, WI, where he has served for the past 17 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Northwestern University with a concentration in violin performance, having studied with Myron Kartman and Edgar Muenzer. He also holds the Master of Music degree from UW-Madison, where he studied organ with John Chappell Stowe. He is currently vice-president/AGO chapter sub dean of the Madison-based Association of Church Musicians. Established in 2002 as a way to feature the new 39-rank, three-manual Berghaus pipe organ at the United Methodist Church of Monroe, the free half-hour mini-recitals are presented quarterly from 12:15 - 12:45 pm, each with a different theme. A late afternoon reprise of the program, from 5:15 - 5:45 pm, was added in 2008 to showcase Monroe St. Victor Church's new Matthew Ronald Buholzer Memorial Pipe Organ. Both churches are handicap-accessible, and the public is welcome to attend the free concerts.