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Saturday, May 13, 2017 3PM

Albert Schweitzer
Memorial Organ
25th Anniversary Celebration
KEN COWAN, organ

Post-concert Dinner – 5:45 PM • $40

The Season 26 Walter and Emilie Spivey Memorial Concert

Spivey Hall proudly observes the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ created by Fratelli Ruffatti, celebrating its magnificence through the artistry of three master organists. Performances by Ken Cowan have been praised as “absolutely stunning” (Organ Canada) and “articulate and thrilling” (Los Angeles Times). “His unassuming manner and his sure and relaxed technique hide a fiery yet totally musical approach to organ playing” (The Diapason). Spivey Hall Organist-in-Residence Alan Morrison is a “superb” and “first-rate organist” ( who “knows something about igniting audience passions. Without hesitation and throughout, Morrison’s playing is consummate and dazzling” (Fanfare). Morrison holds The McGehee Family Organist Residency at Spivey Hall.  The first American to win an international organ competition (Munich), Cherry Rhodes completed her advanced studies with Jean Guillou and Marie-Claire Alain. During her brilliant career she has toured extensively, frequently premiering new music. Her Pro Organo release, Everyone Dance, has been hailed by The American Organist as “a joyous celebration of unrivaled artistry.” In demand as an adjudicator and master class leader, she has taught for four decades at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.


Solo works and duets performed by Ken Cowan and Alan Morrison; Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest MUSSORGKY, transcribed by Jean Guillou and performed by Cherry Rhodes; and the world premiere of a new transcription by Weicheng ZHAO of a suite from Sergei PROKOFIEV's The Love for Three Oranges featuring all three organists playing simultaneously, commissioned by Spivey Hall in celebration of the Schweitzer Memorial Organ's first 25 years through the generosity of Spivey Hall Friend Richard F. Tigner.

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