2019 AGO Gala Honors John Walker

JOHN WALKER TO BE HONORED AT AGO ENDOWMENT FUND DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD RECITAL AND GALA BENEFIT RECEPTION IN PITTSBURGH

Colleagues, Students, Loved Ones, and Friends from Across the Country Will Gather to Celebrate His Lifetime Achievements at AGO Endowment Fund Benefit

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NEW YORK CITY — The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has selected internationally acclaimed organist and teacher JOHN WALKER as the honoree for the 2019 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Friday, April 26, in Pittsburgh. The public is invited to attend. Complete information is available online at Agohq.org/2019-gala.

The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. with a free recital by John Walker at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, where Dr. Walker previously served as minister of music (1992–2004). His program will include Guilmant’s stirring March on Handel’s “Lift Up Your Heads,” Virgil Fox’s transcription of Bach’s Come Sweet Death, John Knowles Paine’s virtuosic Concert Variations on Old Hundredth, and John Weaver’s Sine Nomine, along with other selections.

The Gala Reception (advance tickets required) benefitting the AGO Endowment Fund will follow the recital at Mansions on Fifth, an elegant Gilded Age hotel, located just a few steps from the church. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while mingling and visiting with John Walker.

Purchase tickets online at Agohq.org/2019-gala by April 12 to attend. The AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala travels around the country to celebrate distinguished members of the organ world, to raise awareness for the Endowment Fund, and to secure gifts to strengthen it. All proceeds from the 2019 Gala will honor John Walker in perpetuity. Annual earnings from the AGO Endowment support educational programs and outreach.

To purchase Gala Benefit Reception tickets, commemorative program book ads, or participate from a distance by making a contribution in honor of John Walker, visit Agohq.org/2019-gala. All donors and advertisers will be recognized in the commemorative program book. April 12 is the deadline to be included.

Click here for John Walker’s biography.

For more information: 212-870-2311, ext. 4308, or gala@agohq.org.

 

 

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