June 7, 2010

Organ concerts blend classics and new

Emory University Organist Timothy Albrecht presents a 2010-2011 organ season that blends some of his classic campus concerts with recitals by up-and-coming young organists including Emory organ alumni. All organ concerts are free and in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Albrecht kicks off the season with “Bach Live!” featuring selections from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier,” a landmark of Western civilization, on the Schwartz Center’s Jaeckel Op. 45 organ (Sept. 12, 4 p.m.). Ambidextrous and possessing perfect pitch, Albrecht earned degrees at Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College and The Eastman School of Music, which awarded him both the Performer’s Certificate and his doctorate.

Albrecht returns amid thunder, lightning, smoke and gargoyles, with Halloween organ music to scare all ages as “Count Dracula” for “Scary Ride!” (Oct. 30, 8 p.m.).

Called “stunning” by the Los Angeles Times, prizewinner and Juilliard graduate Chelsea Chen thrills audiences with her own Asian-inspired organ compositions (Nov. 7, 4 p.m., Glenn Auditorium). Chen has performed throughout the United States and Asia in venues such as Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, Los Angeles’s Disney Hall and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.

Emory graduate organ alumni will help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Emory’s Master of Music/Master of Sacred Music organ degrees, joining the current graduate organ studio in a recital featuring one thrilling toccata after another in the Emory Organ Alumni Recital (Jan. 15, 2011, 4 p.m.). 

Timothy Albrecht invites fellow music faculty keyboardists Tamara Albrecht, William Ransom and Keiko Ransom to join in a showcase of different sides of J.S. Bach’s musical genius in the Super Bowl Sunday staple, “The Bach Bowl!” (Feb. 7, 2011, 4 p.m.). The program features the “Concerto for Three Keyboards,” performed on two harpsichords, piano and organ.

A graduate of Emory’s organ studio, organist Randall Harlow, who is currently finishing his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music, performs the music of Franz Liszt in his Emory recital (Feb. 20, 2011, 4 p.m.). Harlow performs in Greenland, Sweden and America. His research areas include Japanese composers, electro-acoustics and live-electronic processing.

To conclude the season Albrecht performs light classics suitable for the Emory Commencement Weekend in the Commencement Organ Recital (May 8, 2011, 4 p.m.). The program includes the festive Widor “Toccata” and the noble Sir Edward Elgar “Pomp and Circumstance March IV.”

For information visit or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050.

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