Nationally Renowned Organist to Present Concert

Posted on 3/26/2013 1:59:48 PM

James Kibbe The Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present James Kibbie, internationally renowned authority on the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach, in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013. The performance will be held at Zion Lutheran Church located on the corner of 6th and Church streets in Indiana.

In addition to his teaching duties as the organ professor at the University of Michigan, Kibbie maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Dvořak Hall in Prague, and the Lincoln Center in New York City. A frequent jury member of international organ competitions, he has himself been awarded the Grand Prix d’Interprétation from the prestigious International Organ Competition of Chartres, France, and is also the only American to have won the International Organ Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in the former Czechoslovakia.

As a recognized authority of the music of J.S. Bach, he has performed the complete cycle of Bach organ works in a series of 18 recitals and is in constant demand as a Bach recitalist and clinician. His recent recordings of the complete Bach works on historic Baroque organs in Germany have been welcomed with enthusiastic critical and audience acclaim. Thanks to generous support from Barbara Furin Sloat in honor of J. Barry Sloat, the University of Michigan is offering Kibbie’s recordings of all 270 Bach works as free Internet downloads.

Kibbie’s students perform frequently in concerts, competitions, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. His former students hold key positions in college teaching and church music nationally. Among the honors he has received, Kibbie is particularly proud of the James Kibbie Scholarship, endowed in perpetuity by the University of Michigan to support students majoring in organ performance and church music.

Performance reviews from around the world include, “He unfolded a torrential virtuosity, revealed in a storm of light,” from Le Monde in France; “Kibbie displayed flawless, brilliant technique, unfailing memory, and outstanding musicianship,” from Hudebni Rozhledy in Czechoslovakia; “Music does communicate, and never more than when it is played with the impulse and eloquence Dr. Kibbie commands,” from the Musical Times in England; and, from American Record Guide in the U.S., “Kibbie’s performances are persuasive. His registrations are colorful and effective, he roars through the most complex passages with dazzling facility, and he articulates the rhythmic excitement of the music with a wonderful flexibility and clarity.”

This performance is in support of the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee’s work in raising funds to award to deserving students studying organ at IUP. Admission is free with donations to be graciously accepted for the scholarship fund. If you would like to show support by attending the fund-raising dinner that precedes Kibbie’s performance—a Carol Guba catered event featuring entrée choices of apricot cherry stuffed pork loin with honey mustard sauce or seafood crepes with champagne beurre blanc sauce—please call 724-349-1996.

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