Organ recital to honor Kjaer daughter

Organist Gerhild Krapf will present a Thanksgiving program at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, in memory of Carolyn Kirkman, who died this summer after a long battle with cancer. Kirkman was the daughter of University of Iowa public radio personality Joan Kjaer and David Kirkman.

The free, public recital is at First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave., Iowa City.

Krapf will begin with “Schmuecke dich, o liebe Seele,” a fragile chorale prelude—one of a collection of 11—written by Johannes Brahms in the last year of his life. Other pieces include Sonata No. 3 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; “O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen” by Brahms; two partitas for organ based on the chorale tunes: “Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan” and “Lobe den Herren” by Gerhard Krapf, Gerhild’s late father and one-time chair of the UI organ department; Prelude and Fugue in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Dankpsalm” by Max Reger; and Bach’s Concerto in G Major.

Krapf, quality and operations improvement coordinator in the UI Office of the Provost, holds bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees in organ from the UI School of Music. Kjaer is host of WorldCanvass, a monthly television and radio program.