MATTOON -- Trinity Episcopal Church of Mattoon will celebrate the centennial of its Reuter organ with the fifth and final concert in a series at 3 p.m. Sunday, 100 years to the day after this organ was played for the first time.
The concert will be presented by Ron Krebs, vice president of Reuter Organ Co. of Lawrence, Kan. Reuter, which began in Trenton, is also celebrating its centennial. Reuter had the Opus I organ ready to ship to Trinity Episcopal in Mattoon when a tornado blew out a wall of the factory and destroyed the organ. Being insured, Opus II was built and shipped to Mattoon.
Krebs’ primary responsibilities include sales and communications, and he assists with project oversight and design. He also serves as one of Reuter's two artists-in-residence. He received bachelor's and master's of music from the University of Michigan, where he studied organ with Robert Glasgow.
Before coming to Reuter, Krebs held church positions in Grand Rapids, Mich at Central Reformed Church and Second Congregational United Church of Christ. He served as convention coordinator for the American Guild of Organists Region V Convention in Grand Rapids and subsequently was appointed director of the guild's regional conventions Committee.
Krebs has presented concerts in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France and the Netherlands. His live performance of Leo Sowerby's "Comes Autumn Time" opens National Public Radio Pipedreams Program 442 – "Autumn Comes Again." His recording credits include "The Art of Two Manuals," a CD on the Raven label that is now in its second printing.
Trinity Episcopa is located at 2200 Western Ave. in Mattoon. Krebs' performance will be followed by a reception at the church.