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Parris to perform at annual McAfee Organ Concert Sept. 14

JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 28, 2006 – Composer, organist and recording artist Robert Parris will be the featured performer for this year’s McAfee Organ Concert Sept. 14 at Union University.

The Parris concert will feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as the first performance of “Prelude on McAfee,” which Parris composed exclusively for this concert.

Parris is the Charles B. Thompson Professor of Music and university organist of Mercer University, where he was appointed to the faculty in 1979. He is also choirmaster and organist of Christ Church in Macon, Ga., the oldest parish and mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, a post he has held since 2004.

A native of Virginia, Parris received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as well as the Performer’s Certificate in organ from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He completed post-doctoral studies in Boston and in northern Germany.

In 2004, Parris was a featured performer at the American Guild of Organists national convention in Los Angeles, appearing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Walt Disney Hall.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel on Union’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Union's music department at (731) 661-5345.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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