UPDATE: For those who missed the concert, here’s a recording of the live stream.

On Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m., come listen to Peoria Chapter Dean Walter Stout in concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1617 East Emerson in Bloomington. He’ll entertain on the newly renovated organ, playing music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and more – including a suite from Star Wars and a Sousa march!

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Walter J. Stout has been active as a church musician since age 15, serving churches in central Texas, Oklahoma, and Illinois. He received the Bachelor of Music (Magna Cum Laude) in organ performance from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos; and the Master of Music in organ performance from the University of Tulsa. Walter has also completed postgraduate study in organ at the University of North Texas and the University of Oklahoma. He has extensive experience as a church musician, solo artist, accompanist, and choral conductor.

Since relocating to central Illinois in 2010, Mr. Stout has served as an organist at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bartonville. In December 2021, he assumed the duties of Organist / Pianist / Worship Musician at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bloomington. There he plays the 2005 Berghaus organ and directors the adult and handbell choirs.

Sunday’s program:

Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Now Thank We All Our God, BWV 657 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)                                                              

Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, #3                                                                      Felix Mendelssohn

           I.  Con moto maestoso                                                                                     (1809-1847)              II.  Andante tranquillo

Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165                                                                                      W. A. Mozart

                              Dr. Julie Clemens, soprano                                 (1756-1791)

                     Organ transcription by Walter J. Stout

           I.   Exsultate jubilate

          II.   Fulget amica dies                              

        III.   Tu virginum corona

        IV.   Alleluia

                                                              Brief Intermission

The Liberty Bell                                                                                             John Philips Sousa                                                                                  (1854-1932)

                                                                                                                           arr. Joseph Linger

Star Wars Suite                                                                                       John Williams (b. 1932)

                                                                                                                           arr. J. Mark Baker

           I.   Star Wars (Main Theme)

          II.   The Imperial Death March (Darth Vader’s Theme)

        III.   May the Force Be With You (from Stars Wars:  A New Hope)

        IV.   The Throne Room

From Symphony No. 3, Op. 28                                                                              Louis Vierne

        IV.   Adagio                                                                                                          (1870-1937)

From Symphony No. 1, Op. 14

        VI.   Finale

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