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Kristen Williams, left, and Dallas Gambrell, right, rehearse “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert for their Sacred Music, Sacred Song recital at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Cache student will give concert

Kristen Williams and Dallas Gambrell will host a "Sacred Music, Sacred Song" recital at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 12 W. 7th. 

The evening is free and open to the public but donations are requested for Williams' attendance at a summer program in Italy.

Williams, a 2013 Cache High School graduate and a senior at Southwestern Oklahoma State University majoring in vocal performance, received the opportunity to partake in the summer music program at Academia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy. She and Gambrell, organist and choir minister at Holy Family Catholic Church, will be accompanied by Hayden Stephenson on flute and the Chamber Choir of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

The recital's repertoire will consist of works by classic and modern composers including Johann Sebastian Bach, Gambrell, John Willbye, Felix Mendelssohn, Craig Bakalian, Gerald Near, Michael Head, Franz Schubert, Bagriel Faure and Charles Villiers Standford.

Gambrell will perform on organ, and the organ at Blessed Sacrament Church has a great history, according to Gambrell.

"The history of this organ is it had fallen in disrepair for many years," Gambrell said. "And just a couple of years ago, the Oklahoma University Organ Institute rebuilt and revoiced it. It's a beautiful instrument and so it should be used. I'll be putting some Bach and some other nice hymns on the program, which are a really good way to showcase it. Organs are real investments. They're not appliances. It's nice to show what we have in our city. It's a wonderful instrument. That's certainly my motivation (for this recital). And working with Kristen is a delight."

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