Organ concert set in Rockwell City

ROCKWELL CITY – The First Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Fund will host a concert on the Lucy Van Metre Memorial Pipe Organ at 7 p.m. May 1 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, just off the square at 527 W. Main St., Rockwell City.

The concert will feature Stephen A. Steely who serves as Minister of Music and Organist at the historic First Lutheran Church of Moline, Ill.; Pastoral Musician and Organist at St. Pius X Catholic Church of Rock Island, Ill.; and Director of Music at Temple Emanuel in Davenport.

Admission is free. Patrons are invited to bring items for the Rockwell City Food Pantry.

The Presbyterian and Lutheran congregations came together in 2001. The Van Metre Organ was built by the Holtkamp Organ Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1954 for the Presbyterian sanctuary, and was moved by Dobson Organ Co of Lake City to St. Paul’s sanctuary.

Steely’s doctoral work was at the University of Iowa, studying organ and improvisation with Gerhard Krapf and Delbert Disselhorst. He also holds degrees in organ, sacred music, and music history from Hastings College and Southern Methodist University, where he was a student of Robert Anderson.

The concert is made possible by First Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Fund Fine Arts Program. A reception honoring Steely will follow the program.

For further information, contact the Rev. B. J. Ukena at (712) 297-8380.