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Classical 89's Organ Fest Aug. 12 at Cathedral of the Madeleine

Now in its fourth year, the Organ Fest is a gift from KBYU-FM Classical 89 and the Cathedral of the Madeleine to the community. The concert will take place Friday Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine at 331 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City.

This event is free and open to the public.

The performance will feature organists from the Salt Lake Tabernacle including Richard Elliott, Clay Christiansen, Andrew Unsworth, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts; and Cathedral of the Madeleine organist Douglas O’Neill.

“Pipe organs can symbolize the collective voice of a community,” said Marcus Smith, Classical 89 general manager. “And Organ Fest brings our community together in support of pipe organs. What a wonderful way to spend an evening — together with other lovers of organ music. Each Organ Fest reminds me not only that this music is one of the most elegant and compelling art forms, but that I’m hardly alone in the enjoyment of it.”

Cathedral Organist Douglas O’Neill will be performing Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. The program will also feature music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Vierne, Widor and others, as well as a rousing set of variations on “The Star Spangled Banner” by 19th-century American composer Dudley Buck.

[The Organ Fest] is such a fabulous event,” said Christine Nokleby, marketing manager for Classical 89. “It’s a beautiful setting, not only of sight, but sound.”

Parking is available the night of the concert on the street as indicated by parking signs. Also a limited amount of parking is located in the upper Cathedral lot on the corner of First Ave. and "B" Street.

Donations in support of organ production and programming on Classical 89, including “Pipedreams,” will be welcomed.

For more information, visit or contact Christine Nokleby at (801) 422-8490 or

Writer: Mel Gardner

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