Flora Mcdonald features musical performances


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Organist Mark Andersen, right, stands with Alexander Watson and the refurbished organ that will be a centerpiece of the Christmas program on Dec. 17 at Flora Macdonald Auditorium in Red Springs.


RED SPRINGS — The Flora Macdonald Auditorium will be the setting for a traditional Christmas program featuring some of the area’s talented performers.

The event will be Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Admission is free, and freewill donations will be accepted.

“If you long for a truly traditional Christmas program filled with the finest classical, festival, and beautiful music to be found in eastern North Carolina this season, look no further,” said Mark Andersen, event organizer. “Please join us for this concert at Flora Macdonald Auditorium at Highlander Academy in Red Springs. I personally promise that you will not be disappointed.”

The event will feature Andersen on Flora Macdonald’s refurbished organ, vocalist Lisa Rust, Timothy Altman on trumpet, and Lynn Anderson, solo English handbells.

The organ was refurbished in 2016 with a gift from Mark and Lynn Andersen. The organ’s history dates back to the early 1900s and has been rebuilt several times. It had fallen into disrepair long before Mark Andersen, a concert organist, found it.

Mark Andersen found “the console was little more than junk at this point, so a Moller Pipe Organ console was located and completely rebuilt with the system that I designed.”

Organist Mark Andersen, right, stands with Alexander Watson and the refurbished organ that will be a centerpiece of the Christmas program on Dec. 17 at Flora Macdonald Auditorium in Red Springs.
http://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Flora-Mac_1.jpgOrganist Mark Andersen, right, stands with Alexander Watson and the refurbished organ that will be a centerpiece of the Christmas program on Dec. 17 at Flora Macdonald Auditorium in Red Springs.

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