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Music Professor Bob Knupp Performs Pipe Organ Recital on Jackson Television Station

MC music professor Bob Knupp
MC music professor Bob Knupp

Central Mississippi television audiences can soon watch Bob Knupp perform in a one-man pipe organ recital.

The Mississippi College music professor’s performance at a Jackson church will air live on June 14 on WAPT-16. The recital will run from noon until 1 p.m. that Sunday.

Every week, Knupp performs on the TV station’s broadcasts Sundays at 11 a.m. as the Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church organist.

The one-hour recital will feature three of Bob’s favorite works.

That includes performing an Alexandre Guilmant organ sonata. In 1903, Guilmant became the first French organist to tour the United States, including stops at the Saint Louis Expo. In 1871, he began three decades of playing the organ regularly at a Paris church.

At the mid-June performance, Knupp will also play “Adagio” by Tomaso Albinoni. His final selection will be a piece by French composer Charles Tournemire.

In 2003, the talented professor played an organ recital at the Washington National Cathedral before an audience of 700 people. Bob Knupp returned to the majestic facility in Washington, D.C. for a recital in 2018.

The Johnstown, Pennsylvania native is used to being heard by big audiences. He’s performed in 29 states and in Europe. Venues have stretched from the St. Thomas Church and St. Mary’s in New York City to King’s Chapel in Boston. He embarked on a five-week organ tour of Germany in 2015.

Over the years, the Mississippian performed at MC graduations at the A.E. Wood Coliseum. He’s done several organ recitals at the Christian university’s historic Provine Chapel.

Dr. Knupp serves as the director of the Mississippi College Summer Music Camp. The 2020 Music Department program for nearly 50 teens was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He looks forward to seeing the Clinton campus host the music camp again in 2021.