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German organist Hahn to perform at Piedmont
Ingo Hahn, one of the leading organists in southern Germany today, performs in concert Aug. 21 at Piedmont College.

The Sewell Organ at Piedmont College will ring out with the works of German composers from 300 years ago when Ingo Hahn, one of the leading organists in southern Germany today, performs in concert at the college Aug. 21.

The concert is set for 4 p.m. in the Piedmont Chapel on Central Avenue in Demorest. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Piedmont students, faculty and staff are free.

"This concert will feature German repertoire that will be very different from past performances that our audiences have experienced," said Piedmont Provost Dr. James Mellichamp, a student with Hahn in Germany from 1975-1977.

Since 1983, Hahn has served as director of music in Kulmbach on the outskirts of Bayreuth in a late Gothic church dating from 1439 A.D. He studied at the College Conservatories of Music in Bayreuth, Herford (Westphalia) and Cologne.

He also studied in masterclasses with Szigmund Szathmary, Guenher Kaunzinger and Gaston Litaize (France) and with the internationally-known choral conductor, Helmuth Rilling.

From 1986-1995, Hahn was an instructor of organ at the College Conservatory of Music in Bayreuth. Since 1998, he has been conductor of the noted chamber choir "Ton-ART," In 2007, he was appointed Regional Music Director for Church Music in Bavaria.

At Piedmont, Hahn will perform 17th and 18th-century works by L.N. Clerambault, Dietrich Buxtehude, Valentin Rathgeber and Johann S. Bach, as well as works by Felix Mendelssohn and Hahn's father, the late Hans Helmut Hahn, a noted organist and composer.

The Sewell Organ at Piedmont was built in 2001 by Casavant Freres of Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, one of the world's premier builders of pipe organs. The oak casement includes some 3,691 metal and wood pipes and features mechanical key action similar to that used by organists 300 years ago.