JOHN KARL HIRTEN (organist) is well known to audiences throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, having performed regularly at such series as Noontime Concerts, Music at St. Mary's Cathedral, First Saturdays at St. John the Evangelist, Second Sundays at St. Mark's Episcopal in Berkeley, and special concerts at First Presbyterian Church in Oakland. In connection with the San Francisco Opera's recent production of Messiaen's Saint Françoise d'Assise, he performed a recital of the composer's music at the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco. He performs monthly recitals at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and has also appeared as organist with the Oakland Ballet, the Berkeley Symphony, American Bach Soloists, and others. Mr. Hirten is currently Director of Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere and organist at Congregation Beth Israel Judea in San Francisco. He is also a published composer of vocal and instrumental works.

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