Karen Black

Karen Black

Karen Black, Wartburg College’s Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor of Organ, will be the featured organist at the Bach’s Lunch organ recital series Friday, March 15.

The free concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Wartburg Chapel. It will be preceded by a noon lunch and conversation with Black in the Chapel Commons.

Black teaches organ and church music, music theory and aural skills; serves as organist for weekday chapel and Sunday worship services; and conducts the Kantorei choral ensemble. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in church music from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music in organ and church music and a Doctor of Music in organ performance and literature from Indiana University.

She is an active recitalist and clinician and has performed throughout the United States. Black serves as the North Central Regional Councillor of the AGO and has published choral and organ works with Augsburg Fortress.

Her program will feature pieces by Nicolaus Bruhns, Nicolas de Grigny and Johannes Brahms as well as “Outer Hebrides: A Fantasia on Three Celtic Melodies” by Paul Halley and the final movement from Symphony No. 3 by Louis Vierne.

Bach’s Lunch attendees are invited to bring a lunch or order one from Wartburg’s Den-Rittersaal by the Wednesday prior to the performance by contacting Marcia Haugen, music department office coordinator, at marcia.haugen@wartburg.edu or 319-352-8300.

The series will conclude on April 12.