MASSILLON – Jay Spencer will present a public holiday organ recital at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church from 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
The house organist at the Canton Palace Theatre since the 1990s, Spencer has been called the “King of the Kilgen.” He is a former organist at New Vision UCC and at St. Timothy’s. He sings in the St. Tim’s choir and Chorus for a Cause.
He retired from his career as a forensic scientist in the Canton Crime Laboratory and is the current evidence administrator with the Stark County Common Pleas Court.
Spencer will perform on the church’s 30-rank organ, which was built and installed by the Schantz Organ Co. of Orrville in 1971. Schantz, founded in 1873, is one of North America’s oldest and largest family-owned pipe organ builders.
Guests will enjoy the music surrounded by stunning stained glass windows, including three created by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Carpeting in the sanctuary has been recently removed, enhancing resonance and the church’s strong musical heritage.
The recital is the second of four December performances. David Sparkes will play on Dec. 15 and Loren Veigel on Dec. 22. The performances are free and everyone is welcome. Those who are able are encouraged to bring canned or dry goods for the parish food pantry to assist those in the community who are hungry.
Anyone who wishes to stay for the weekly Holy Communion service at 12:10 p.m. is welcome.
St. Timothy’s Church is at 226 Third St. SE. The parking lot entrance is on Oak Street SE. For more information, contact the church at 330-833-3183.
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