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Alan Morrison, organ
“Visionary in his choice of colors and ability to shape music into lucid forms” with “plenty of bravura when called for” (The Birmingham News), Spivey Hall Organist-in-Residence Alan Morrison is widely recognized as one of the premier concert organists of his generation. Head of the Organ Department at The Curtis Institute of Music, Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and College Organist at Ursinus College, Morrison is a frequent performer in organ series across the United States and Canada. This is the first season in which he holds The McGehee Family Organist Residency at Spivey Hall, created to coincide with the 25-year anniversary of the Hall’s magnificent Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ, built by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy.
At this concert, Spivey Hall proudly hosts the launch of Alan Morrison’s latest CD recording, CELEBRATION: 25 Years of the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ, recorded in Spivey Hall in February 2016 and released by ACA Digital Recording, Inc. The CD features Johann Sebastian Bach’s towering Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Fantasy in F minor, K. 608; Sigrid Karg-Elert’s Symphonic Chorale, “Jesu, meine Freude,” Op. 87 No. 2, plus works by Johann Bernhard Bach, Juan Bautista José Cabanilles, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Percy Whitlock, and Horatio Parker. Liner notes by music critic and Audio Video Club of Atlanta member Phil Muse include an interview with Alan Morrison. The CELEBRATION CD will be on sale at the Spivey Hall Box Office, and Mr. Morrison will be available following his recital to greet audience members and autograph CDs.
Spivey Hall Friends Concert Sponsors:
Drs. Lila and Lonnie Roberts
“A superlative artist” (Sequenza21.com)
ProgramEugène GIGOUT (1844-1925): Grand Choeur dialogué
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Fantasy in D-flat major, Op. 101
Maurice DURUFLÉ (1902-1986): Scherzo, Op. 2
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750): Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
Joseph BONNET (1884-1944): Variations de concert, Op.1
Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943): Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2
(transcribed by Louis Vierne); Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5 (transcribed by G. H. Federlein)
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918): "Clair de lune," from Suite bergamasque (transcribed by Alex Cellier)
Louis VIERNE (1870-1937): Final, from Symphony No. 6, Op. 59