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THOMAS GAYNOR, New Zealand-born organist, will perform in concert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 21 S. Bedford St., Carlisle on Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m. In 2017, he was awarded the First Prize in Organ interpretation as well as the Audience Prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition – the 25th organist and the second New Zealander to receive this distinction since the competition and festival was founded in 1963. He is rapidly making his mark on the organ scene in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres with rock-solid playing and remarkable musical élan. Mr. Gaynor is a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a recipient of Eastman’s highly coveted Artist Certificate, an honor the institution had not given an organist for nearly three decades. The recital will feature something for everyone and will showcase the majesty and versatility of the church’s 1951 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, regarded as one of the finest instruments in South Central Pennsylvania. The concert will be held as a benefit for The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties (CPARC). Based in Carlisle, its mission is to provide support, training, and opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The concert is free. All proceeds raised will be donated to support The Arc’s programs. A dessert reception will be held following the performance. For more information, call the church, 717-249-3310, or visit  www.firstlutherancarlisle.org.