Marilyn Keiser
Marilyn Keiser
Madison will play host to a well-known organist Friday during a free concert at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Marilyn Keiser will perform songs spanning several countries and several decades during Friday's concert, which is sponsored by the Madison Performing Arts Foundation.

Lynn Maricle with the Madison Performing Arts Foundation said Trinity United Methodist Church was an obvious choice to hold the concert.

"The reason for using Trinity is because they have the best organ ... in a 50-mile radius," she said.

Keiser obtained a bachelor's degree in sacred music from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master's degree and doctorate in sacred music from the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary.

Keiser has been playing organ in concerts across the country for decades. Most recently, she served as a music professor at Indiana University.

Jonathan Stanley, music director at Madison Presbyterian Church, is a former student of Keiser's and helped to arrange to have her perform.

"She is one of the most recognized organists in the world," Stanley said. "It just seemed with a relationship like that, it makes sense to bring her in."

The concert is expected to last about an hour. The concert is free, but donations are welcome to help fund the Madison Performing Arts Foundation.

The season will continue on Dec. 5 with the Louisville Brass Band at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

The remainder of the season includes:

• The Madison Community Band, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Clifty Falls State Park's Clifty Inn.

• Andrew Winner, guitarist, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church.

• Sophie Reen, cellist, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Madison Presbyterian Church.

• Skip Clevenger, Irish/Celtic band, March 14 at 7 p.m. at Madison Presbyterian Church.

• Lisa Spurlock and the Women's Harp Ensemble, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

• The Bloomington Choral Ensemble will perform in May, the time and location are yet to be announced.