Craig Hirschmann concert to showcase WLC's Schlicker organs

Date Posted: February 8, 2010

MILWAUKEE – Organist Craig Hirschmann, an adjunct organ instructor at Wisconsin Lutheran College, will perform a concert as part of the Faculty and Friends Series. Hirschmann will play on the college's two manual tracker action Schlicker organs, located in the WLC Chapel, on Saturday, February 27, 2010, at 2 p.m.

The performance will feature music from the Baroque and Romantic eras, including the Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major by J.S. Bach, the Prelude and Fugue in G Major by Nicolas Bruhns, and several chorale preludes by Johannes Brahms. Dr. William Braun, chair of the college's music department, joins Hirschmann in Padre Antonio Soler's Concerto for Two Organs. The concerto features not only the tracker organ installed in the chapel, but also the college's "Portativ" organ, also built by the Schlicker firm.

The chapel organ was built for the college by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, N.Y, and installed in the chapel 1989. The principal donor was JoAnne Simek, of Medford, Wis. A unique feature of the organ is that the case is hand made from a single West Virginia White Oak. Originally installed with 17 stops, room was left for additional pipes. These were donated to the college by David and Judy Kriewall of Issaquah, Wash., and built by Nolte Organ Building and Supply of Milwaukee. The additional stops include a four foot principal in the Oberwerk, and a four-foot Querflöte in the Hauptwerk, which were installed in 2006.  

The chapel is located in the college's Gary J. Greenfield Administration Building, 8800 W. Bluemound Rd. The concert is free and open to the public. Call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit for more information.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets.