Peter Walther ’69

Peter Walther ’69 of Rome, New York, was the director of music and organist at the First Baptist Church until 2016. He rewarded himself by spending all last summer in Vienna, where he reconnected with Hope professors Stephen Hemenway and Janis Gibbs. He reports that the memories of Dr. Paul Fried ’46 and Professor Molzer were looming over him on a daily basis. Last August he reconnected with a Viennese baritone, Daniel Gutmann, that he had heard during a performance of Don Giovanni and persuaded him to tour with him in New York. They presented four concerts in February, the final one at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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