Award-winning German organist Heinrich Walther will give two recitals at Wartburg College Friday, Nov. 11.

Walther will perform during the monthly “Bach’s Lunch,” hosted by college organist and professor of music Dr. Karen Black. He’ll return for a 7:30 p.m. recital on organ and piano. Both events in the Wartburg Chapel are open to the public and free of charge.

Walther has performed, recorded and taught throughout the world. His extensive repertoire includes traditional organ and keyboard works as well as first performances of contemporary organ compositions.

“Heinrich Walther has been to Wartburg several times and ranks our Dobson organ as one of the best organs he has played throughout the world,” Black said. “His performances are always of the highest quality.”

The hour-long “Bach’s Lunch” program will begin at noon with lunch in the Chapel Commons basement. Black will give a brief preconcert talk, offering insight into Bach’s music and providing an understanding of each piece that will be performed.

Walther will follow with an organ recital in the sanctuary.

Those attending are invited to bring their lunch or order it prior to the program by emailing or calling music department coordinator Marcia Haugen ( or 319 352-8300) by Wednesday, Nov. 9.

For the evening recital, Black said, “he has a very interesting program planned — two versions of the same Franz Liszt piece, and his own transcription of an orchestral work by Max Reger.”

The recitals occur during “Do Deutsch Week,” a celebration of German culture at Wartburg, which was founded by German missionaries. The week’s events are listed at