Alan Morrison, College Organist at Ursinus College, will present a Heefner Memorial Organ Recital Sunday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The program will include Aria & 15 Variations by Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703); Trois Pièces pour Grand Orgue (Cantabile and Pièce Héroïque) by César Franck (1822-1890); Trois Nouvelles Pièces, Opus 87 (II – Mystique) by Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937); two early American hymn tunes (There Is A Happy Land and I Love Thee, My Lord) by George Shearing (1919-2011); Partita on “Showalter” by Jon Spong (1933-2006); and Variations on “Sine Nomine” by John Weaver (born 1937).
Alan Morrison is Chairman of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, head of the organ department and Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., as well as College Organist at Ursinus College. He maintains an active and versatile career as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, adjudicator, teacher and recording artist. He has performed in virtually all the major organ venues/concert halls in the USA. His performance during the inaugural festival of the Dobson organ in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall), where he performs regularly, drew laudatory reviews from numerous national publications. His latest CD from Verizon Hall features the Organ Concerto by Eric Sessler (with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) and other solo works. Recent performances include recitals is Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Antonio, Orlando, Philadelphia (Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center), a return engagement with The Dekalb Symphony Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and his 12th appearance in Spivey Hall. This current season features recitals throughout the USA and he is the only American invited to give a solo recital and serve as judge for the St. Alban’s International Organ Festival (UK) in July 2013.
He has performed for four national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and has won top prizes in numerous competitions, among them the Silver Medal at the Calgary International Organ Festival and First Prize in both the Mader and Poister National Organ Competitions. A champion of new music, he has premiered works by composers such as Bolcom, Locklair, Maxson-Porter, Bennett, Sessler, Spong, Chilcott and Gillingham. His discography includes 12 CD’s on Gothic, ACA, DTR and Halyx labels.
He is a graduate of Curtis and Juilliard receiving degrees in both organ and piano accompanying/chamber music. His teachers include John Weaver, Cherry Rhodes, Sarah Martin (organ), Robert Harvey, Vladimir Sokoloff and Susan Starr (piano). His web site is www.alanmorrison.com.