Noon Music in Lent, a free program of music followed by a simple lunch of soup and bread, will cap its seventh year Friday, April 11, at noon at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St. Organist Douglas Beck will play music of Dieterich Buxtehude, Francois Couperin Jean Titelouze and Johann Sebastian Bach.

“The goal for music making is the gift that music brings into each life … Good music is good because it possesses a quality of prayer whether in secular or sacred contexts,” Beck said of his musical philosophy.

Beck earned his bachelor and master of music degrees were earned at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he was a Freeman then Woodhead scholar. He studied with the conservatory’s world-renowned faculty including organ with Donald Sutherland.

The Pennsylvania fulfilled a long-term dream of moving to Maine after living in the Washington D.C. area for 17 years. Beck is affiliated with the Order of Julian of Norwich, an Episcopal monastic order.

The downtown church has a handicapped-accessible entrance with adjacent parking around the corner on Wood Street. For more information, contact Schroeder, Minister of Music, at 236-3680 or

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