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Dr. Tom Crow Performs Monaghan Organ Recital
10/13/2011
Dr. Thomas J. Crow will perform the annual University of St. Thomas Monaghan Organ Recital at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 13 on the University of St. Thomas campus, Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum.

Crow is an associate professor of history and former chair of the Music Department at the University of St. Thomas. Crow has been Organist-Choirmaster at Bethany Christian Church since 2004, and at Congregation Beth Israel since 1978.

He was the principal consultant for the University of St. Thomas’ Monaghan Pipe Organ in St. Basil’s Chapel, and played the dedication service and first recital on the instrument in 1998. Recently he conducted the acclaimed University of St. Thomas Herzstein Concert ‘An Interfaith Introduction to the Music of the High Holy Days.’ His research includes compiling a bibliography of Jewish Organ Music and a complete list of pipe organs in Houston with research notes about each.

The Chapel of St. Basil Organ
The manual and pedal electro-pneumatic organ built by Schoenstein & Co of San Francisco is a memorial to Fr. Francis E. Monaghan, CSB, a former vice president of the University and pastor of St. Anne’s Church in Houston. Though its primary function is to provide music for the liturgy, the organ possesses as much flexibility as is possible for an instrument of modest size; much of the classical organ repertoire can be also performed with tonal accuracy. The resonance of the Chapel recreates the acoustical properties of great churches; the organ was voiced with this resonance in mind. This makes the Chapel an ideal place for performing sacred music of every period and style. The organ contains more than 1000 pipes located in chambers twelve feet above the Chapel floor. The longest pipe, which is in the mirror-finish facade, is more than twenty feet long while the shortest is less than one inch in length.

Fr. Francis E. Monaghan, CSB, was an important member of the UST community for 43 years. He was a music lecturer, and his legacy lives on in this annual organ recital.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $2 in the Moran Parking Center, W. Alabama at Graustark. For more information, contact 713-525-3567.

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