[Update and Brief Review] Recent Donald Owens Organ Concert at Turnagain UMC

I eat my own cooking, and also attend events I note in this Church Visits blog. This concert was exceptional! Sadly it was under-attended, bearing out my ongoing observations that Anchorage church-goers tend to stick within the confines of their own churches. Mr. Owens was organist at Turnagain UMC for three years and is clearly well-loved there. He presented an excellently performed and sensitive concert on Turnagain’s Rodgers Organ. The pieces ranged from Bach to more modern composers like Dale Wood, Gordon Young, and Paul Manz. [See attachment below for entire concert program] In the middle of the concert he provided a demonstration on his personal Yamaha Clavinova, an absolutely delightful interlude. His renditions of takeoff’s of several local commercial themes like the unforgettable Mattress Ranch music was wonderful. Owens was very entertaining as he also regaled us demonstrating and reminiscing about his brief career as organ player for the Texas Rangers baseball team.

Owens introduced most of his pieces in an informative, gentle, and often humorous manner. After the concert there was a reception featuring various tasty goodies and an opportunity to donate to the young lady going on a short-term mission trip to Russia, the focus of Mr. Owens’ concert. I’m told approximately $2,000 was donated as a result of this event.

If you were not there, you missed a treat! I was so intrigued with Mr. Owens, I asked him for an interview. We’re currently working on it and will be posting it soon. If you like music, there are many free options such as this noted in the Anchorage Daily News Matters of Faith page in Saturday’s paper.

Thanks to you Donald Owens for providing our community with a fascinating keyboard experience.
Well-known local organist Donald L. Owens will be presenting a concert today at 4 p.m. at Turnagain UMC, 3300 W. Northern Lights Blvd. This concert is free but donations are being accepted for Sarah Walters mission trip to Russia. Why not visit a new church, and hear some great music? For more information click here.

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