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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
KEN COWAN, organ ALAN MORRISON, organ CHERRY RHODES, organ

Post-concert Dinner – 5:45 PM • $40 $60 | BUY TICKETS 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” (ArkivMusic.com) who “knows something about igniting audience passions. Without hesitation and throughout, Morrison’s playing is consummate and dazzling” (Fanfare). 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...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Hector Olivera

$40 | BUY TICKETS A passionate and gifted musician, Hector Olivera has amazed and delighted audiences around the world with his personal interpretations of both classical and popular music. He commands a brilliant technique and a colorful repertoire. His “concert performances and commentary make clear why audiences everywhere are beguiled by Hector Olivera’s irrepressible and personable virtuosity” (Pipedreams). “Hector Olivera brought the house down with a stupendous performance” (The American Organist) and “entertained his audience with a dazzling display of sonic and technical marvels” (The Washington Post). “The audience surged to its feet even before the last chord died away, applauding wildly” (Portland Press Herald). “Olivera swept the audience with absolute Olympic virtuosity, and that still doesn’t say it… Hector Olivera is in a class by himself” (The Atlanta...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Dan Kamin & Steven Ball, organ

$40 | BUY TICKETS Charlie Chaplin has been making audiences laugh for over a hundred years now, and you’ll find out why in this oneof-a-kind program with Dan Kamin, who trained Robert Downey Jr. for his Oscarnominated performance in Chaplin and created Johnny Depp’s comedy moves for Benny and Joon. In Funny Bones , Kamin takes audiences on a magical excursion into Chaplin’s enchanted comic world through film clips, live performance, and the screening of a newly restored print of The Pawnshop, Chaplin’s 1916 comedy classic, complete with live accompaniment by Steven Ball on Spivey Hall’s magnificent Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ. There’s lots of fun audience participation in this program that kids will enjoy as much as...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Stephen Tharpe

Pre-concert talk with Stephen Tharp and Alan Morrison – 2:00 PM $40 | BUY TICKETS One of the great concert organists of our age with more than 1,400 concerts given worldwide, Stephen Tharp “plays as if the music were in his life-blood: musical, spacious, accurate, persuasive, convincing” (Organists’ Review). “The consummate creative artist” (Michael Barone, Pipedreams), Tharp is “authoritative, impassioned, supremely musical and technically impeccable” (The American Organist). “Brilliant. Perhaps no more need be said. Mr. Tharp nearly had his audience on its feet following his first piece” (The Console Crier, Chicago Chapter, American Guild of Organists). “With Mr. Tharp, the magic is always there”...

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Recital--Organ Plus
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
ALAN MORRISON, ORGANIST-IN-RESIDENCE, SPIVEY HALL

Organ Discovery Day FREE Musical examples and performances by Organist-in-Residence Alan Morrison, plus the chance to go on stage to see the organ console and peek into the organ case. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the lobby. The King of Instruments video is a production of Spivey Hall Education made possible by support from the Chaparral Foundation and the Spivey Hall Friends.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Alan Morrison

PART I: THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS 3:00 PM FREE GENERAL ADMISSION, TICKETS REQUIRED ALAN MORRISON, ORGANIST-IN-RESIDENCE, SPIVEY HALL THOMAS MCCOOK, SPIVEY HALL ORGAN CURATOR, WIDENER & CO., INC. DWIGHT JONES, PRESIDENT, INTEGRATED ORGAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC Spivey Hall’s Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ is a marvelous instrument. But how does it work? Why are there so many pipes, and why do they sound different? What’s going on with all those keyboards, knobs, and switches on the organ console? How are fingers and feet used to play the organ? Why does the organ have a computer? What are the creative choices organists must make when performing a particular piece of organ music? Answers to these and other organ mysteries will be revealed in a family-friendly, interactive session led by a trio of experts who star in Spivey Hall’s new educational video, The King of Instruments: History, Science, and Music of the Pipe Organ, written and directed by Marshall Peterson. Video excerpts will be followed by Q&A with the experts, musical examples and performances by Organist-in-Residence Alan Morrison, plus the chance to go on stage to see the organ console and peek into the organ case. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the lobby. The King of Instruments video is a production of Spivey Hall Education made possible by support from the Chaparral Foundation and the Spivey Hall Friends. PART II: DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: ARCHITECTS OF SOUND 4:45 PM FREE General Admission, Tickets Required Architects of Sound tells the fascinating story of the step-by-step creation of Spivey Hall’s Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ – from the shaping of molten tin-andlead alloy into pipes and the selection of mahogany logs used to build the organ by Fratelli Ruffatti in Italy, to the trans-Atlantic shipping of its many-thousand pieces to Georgia and its installation in Spivey Hall over a six-month period, culminating in the organ’s dedication concerts in May 1992. A 30-minute documentary broadcast throughout Georgia and the United States, Architects of Sound was produced in 1992 by Melissa Hampton for Georgia Public Television with videography by Don...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Alan Morrison

$40 | BUY TICKETS “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. “A superlative artist”...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Thomas Trotter

$30 “Thomas Trotter completely deserves his high repute in the organ world. His technical prowess…is able to make light of all problems…, the servant of a musical intelligence that is both mature and versatile” (The American Organist). Birmingham City Organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, British virtuoso Thomas Trotter is “unquestionably one of today’s greatest organists” (International Record Review).

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Simon Thomas Jacobs

$30 Rising star Simon Thomas Jacobs won the 2013 St. Albans International Organ Competitions’ First Prize for Interpretation, Audience Prize, and International Organ Festival Gold Medal. A 2009 honors graduate of Clare College, University of Cambridge, the British native is presently Fellow in Sacred Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, and performs in prestigious venues including King’s College, Cambridge, Notre Dame de Paris, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral and Moscow’s International Performing Arts Center.

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA, United States)
Isabelle Demers

Head of Baylor University’s organ program and an acclaimed recording artist, Quebec native Isabelle Demers is “a particularly talented member of today’s group of up-and-coming young organists” and “a virtuoso” (The Diapason). “Her composure, conviction and compelling musicianship held the audience spellbound” (Michael Barone, Pipedreams).

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