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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall 2000 Clayton State (Morrow, GA, United States)
Alcee Chriss III
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A 2014 American Guild of Organists (AGO) “Rising Star,” Alcee Chriss III has performed in North America and Europe as an outstanding young concert artist of virtuosity and versatility. This Texas native, a top-prize winner of prestigious international competitions and an Oberlin Conservatory of Music alumnus, is currently earning his doctorate at McGill University. “His technique, masterful interpretations, and creative registrations were surpassed only by his warmth and rapport with the audience” (AGO Northeast Chapter News, May 2015). “It was a breathtaking recital enjoyed by...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall 2000 Clayton State Blvd (Morrow, GA, United States)
Alan Morrison
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An extraordinarily gifted performer of exceptional finesse, Spivey Hall organistin- residence Alan Morrison explores the vast wealth of organ repertoire in recitals of music familiar and new, through his lively interpretations of uncommon intelligence and clarity. “His performances were expansive, never rushed, and he revealed an excellent sense of timing and vocality” (The Diapason). Recognized as one of America’s premier concert organists, Morrison is Head of the Organ Department at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, College Organist at Ursinus College, and faculty member at Westminster Choir College of Rider...

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Recital--Organ Solo
Spivey Hall 2000 Clayton State Blvd (Morrow, GA, United States)
Nathan Laube
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Grammy Award-winning organist Nathan Laube earns praise for his “lucid phrasing, uncanny use of solo and ensemble color, and perception and depth unusual in someone his age” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). “Nathan Laube, once a ‘rising star,’ is now an international star, and his consummate musicianship is justifiably celebrated worldwide. How fortunate we are that he just happens to be an organist” (The Tracker).

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Recital--Organ Plus
Spivey Hall 2000 Clayton State Blvd (Morrow, GA, United States)
Alan Morrison, King of Instruments
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To state that this concert will be filled with spirited organ music is an understatement! Alan is planning music that will definitely speak thematically to the month of October. You won’t want to miss this fun, virtuosic performance that will show off the artist’s skill and Spivey Hall’s magnificent Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ!

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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 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 (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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