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Aspen Chapel honors Schweitzer

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen Chapel is honoring the life of Albert Schweitzer on the 60th anniversary of his first speech held here by hosting a one-man play Monday.

Schweitzer was in Aspen on his only visit to the United States from July 4 through July 8, 1949. His was the keynote speech of the Goethe Bicentennial, which became the foundation of the Aspen Music Festival and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He gave his first speech on July 6, 1949.

A one-man show, “Albert Schweitzer: Memoirs from Africa,” will be performed at the Aspen Chapel at 7:30 p.m. July 6.

Schweitzer’s words have been adapted and produced by Thurston Moore of the Tennessee Players, which is a nonprofit performing arts organization founded in 1986. The Tennessee Players have produced other one-mans show featuring Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain.

The script and selected words by Moore began in 2008 and were completed this year. They were given to Rhena Schweitzer Miller, daughter of Dr. Schweitzer, on her 90th birthday this past January. She passed away on Feb. 22.

Monday’s show will be performed by actor Tom Dolan, who has many stage and screen credits, but often is known for his national portrayal of Twain.

Schweitzer was a minister, theologian, missionary, physician and musician.

Tickets for the one-hour performance are $20 at the door at the Aspen Chapel. A reception will follow with Dolan, Moore, Dr. Lachlan Farrow, president of the Schweitzer Fellowship, and Paula Paepcke Zurcher, daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke.

For more information, call 925-7184

To honor Schweitzer’s life and work, there will be several events held in Aspen and at the chapel this month:

July 5, 9:30 a.m. – “Freedom and Service – Schweitzer’s Reverence for Life” by Gregg Anderson. Thurston Moore and Tom Dolan will join Anderson in providing an introduction to the premier show during the Sunday morning worship service.

July 5, 9: 30 a.m. – Albert Schweitzer: “Memoirs from Africa” introduction.

July 8 – The reciting of Schweitzer’s speech on Goethe in Aspen, July 8, 1949, scheduled to be given in Paepcke Park next to his monument.

July 8 – “Schweitzer Memoirs” with actor Tom Dolan.

July 11, 5:30 p.m. – “The Schweitzer Portrait.” A new musical adaptation of Schweitzer by Gene Scheer. This is a new musical composition by Scheer and performed by organist Susan Nicholson, who also will perform other selections. The concert will be performed at the Aspen Chapel and is sponsored by the Aspen Music Festival.

July 12, 9:30 a.m. – Sunday sermon on Schweitzer by Dr. David Trickett, president of Iliff School of Theology. Lachlan Farrow, MD, will speak at the Aspen Chapel’s worship service. Farrow is the president of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently assists in supervising 2,000 medical professionals who have been awarded Schweitzer Fellowships.

July 19, 9:30 a.m. – “Words of Albert Schweitzer and the music of Bach: A Multimedia Musical Dramatization.” This worship experience is described as a dramatic reading of the life and words of Schweitzer juxtaposed with organ music of Bach and projected photographs. Featured readers are Scott MacCracken, Marisa Post and Ed Foran. Bach’s music will be played by organist Susan Nicholson.

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