Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Organist Todd Wilson in recital on Saturday, January 29

Spivey Hall's series of recitals by outstanding organists continues on Saturday, January 29 with a change of artist and program.  Organist-in-Residence Richard Morris was scheduled to give his annual recital that afternoon, but for reasons beyond his control has had to postpone his performance to a later date. 

However, the show will go on!  We welcome the return to Spivey Hall of Todd Wilson.  Based in Cleveland, he holds several important positions, including chairman of organ studies at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall (home of the superlative Cleveland Orchestra), and artist-in-residence at Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal), where he plays the Cathedral's Flentrop organs.  His many students have enjoyed professional success -- one of whom is Steven Wooddell, best known to Spivey Hall audiences as the excellent accompanist of the Spivey Hall Young Artists who also performs on our Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ for the Young Artists/Children's Choir each December.

In addition to a far-flung concert career with numerous AGO appearances, Todd Wilson is also known to organ-lovers and audiophiles for his commercial recordings, and I'm grateful that he has agreed to step in on short notice.  He's devised an attractive program that I look forward to hearing:

KARG-ELERT Chorale-Improvisation on "In dulci jubilo"; J.S. BACH Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582; David CONTE Soliloquy; BIZET/LEMARE Carmen Suite; FRANCK Choral I in E major; DURUFLÉ Scherzo, Op. 2; WIDOR Allegro vivace (Variations) from Symphonie V, Op. 42

I love the has a special effect on me...once I hear the ground-bass of the famous Passacaglia, it will be rolling around in my head for many days thereafter...!  The Durufle and Widor will doubtless close the program brilliantly, and I'm curious to hear the Conte Soliloquy and Edwin H. Lemare's transcription of selections from Bizet's Carmen (another piece with memorable tunes that I'll wake up hearing in my head the next day).

The recital begins at 3 PM and tickets ($30) are available from the Box Office, (678) 466-4200.  There will be no pre-concert talk, but Mr. Wilson will speak about his program from the stage in the course of his recital, and will greet audience members afterwards as well.

Special note to Clayton State students enrolled in Music Appreciation:  this is a great chance to get to know and hear Spivey Hall's magnificent organ, especially with the remarks the artist (who is a distinguished teacher) will make from the stage.  As a Music Appreciation student with your Laker ID, you can get one free ticket.  A second ticket (for a friend to attend with you) would be just $10.  These tickets are only available from the Spivey Hall Box Office, so call or stop by the Box Office for more info.


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