Athens State to Host Organ Recital & Lecture by Dr. Rolf Goebel

Organ in Griffin Theater

Dateline: September 7, 2018

Athens State University is pleased to welcome Dr. Rolf Goebel, Distinguished Professor of German at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, to McCandless Hall for an organ recital and lecture. Dr. Goebel has served as Sub-Dean and Dean of the Greater Huntsville, Alabama Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and his main interests include the repertoire of the German Baroque period and the promotion of smaller organs as concert instruments. He has given numerous local recitals and workshops and has published research concerning the relationships between sound (especially in music), literature, philosophy, and media technologies.

Dr. Goebel’s performance will be part of “Navigating the Rapids: Leading Through Change and Conflict,” a leadership conference hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning. In his lecture titled, “The Organ in Church Worship and as a Concert Instrument,” Dr. Goebel will discuss the organ’s history and importance in church worship and concert settings. The lecture will be followed by a recital performed on McCandless Hall’s historic organ.

In addition to Dr. Goebel’s performance, the conference will feature networking opportunities, a Q&A panel, and a message from keynote speaker, Ronnie Brewer. Brewer serves as a pastor, leadership coach, and Director of Alabama Cooperative Fellowship.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, September 25 from 9 am – 1:30 pm in McCandless Hall. Dr. Goebel’s lecture and recital will occur from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the same venue. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260.