Alan Morrison to Perform Recital to Inaugurate New Organ

Posted on 9/14/2014 6:22:06 PM

Alan MorrisonThe College of Fine Arts and the Department of Music at IUP will welcome Alan Morrison to perform the inaugural recital on its newly installed pipe organ. The recital will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in the Daniel DiCicco Rehearsal Hall in Cogswell Hall, room 121. A public reception will follow the recital.

The organ came to IUP through a special renewable lease made possible with the generosity of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Named the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Organ, the instrument is valued at $400,000 and was installed at IUP in May.

Morrison is recognized as one of America’s premier concert organists, performing in prestigious concert organ venues across the United States and Canada as well as at international festivals. Morrison is the head of the organ department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, associate professor of organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and college organist at Ursinus College. He frequently conducts master classes sponsored by AGO.

In addition to being a prolific performer and recording artist, Morrison was recently invited to premiere a new organ concerto by Dirk Brosse for the 50th anniversary of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on May 10, 2015, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.

The Pogorzelski-Yankee Organ was built in 1990 under commission by Raymond J. Brunner and Co., with case work inspired by the early Pennsylvania German organs of David Tannenberg (1728–1804). Tannenberg was the most famous apprentice of Johann Gottlob Clemm, who established the rich, early 18th-century Pennsylvania organ building tradition. The IUP installation was completed by the original builder, Mr. Brunner.

Dean of Fine Arts Michael Hood stated, “We are thrilled with the great honor that the AGO has bestowed upon the department and IUP, and I can guarantee you that its honor and trust will be fully matched by the care and the respect with which this marvelous instrument will be treated.”

In addition to the recital, the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee will conduct a master class, led by Morrison, on Saturday, September 20. The class will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Indiana from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Admission is free for those who wish to perform or attend the class. No advance registration is required.

Tickets for the recital can be purchased in advance at the Hadley Union Building box office, by phone at (724) 357-1313, or online payable by credit card. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting at 3:15 p.m. the day of the concert. Tickets are $10 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students and children.

Cogswell Hall is located on campus on 11th Street and adjacent to the Grant Street Parking Garage. For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-ARTS (2787).

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